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Behind the 

Scenes: CLU 



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Left: Junior Chaz Hodges uses her cell- 
phone under the cover of her umbrella. 
Photo by Doug Bamett • Photo Editor 
Top right: Flood warnings and structure 
damage were common during last week's 
winter storms. 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photographer 
Bottom: The creek that runs through 
campus overflowed during the heavy 
rains causing Kingsmen Park to flood. 
Photo courtesy of Ryan Van Ommeren - CLU 

Wet and Wild 



enrik Finzi Gjertsen 
Staff Writer 

Two winter storms pounded the 
southland last week, making the 
first week of the semester harder 
on CLU students who were directly 
affected by the inclement weather. 

The storms prompted officials to 
close Kingsmen Park due to flood- 
ing. Sandbags were placed around 
campus, and there was flooding on 
campus streets. 

Fortunately for California Lu- 

theran University students and 
faculty, there weren't any major 
problems that delayed classes from 
starting for the new semester. 

"There was no power leakage 
that affected electricity on cam- 
pus. Classes weren't delayed. For 
the rain we had, it wasn't that bad. 
Things didn't get out of control," 
said Fred Miller, director of Cam- 
pus Public Safety. 

Although it might not have been 
the worst rainstorm in the last 30 
years. Southern California isn't 

used to this kind of weather. 

"There were problems on the foot- 
ball field — lakes in places all over 
the field — so we had to close the 
field for a day," said Marc Jacobsen, 
director of Facilities Operations 
and Planning CLU. "There were 
various leaks in different buildings 
on campus. The water got higher 
on the outside and started migrat- 
ing inside. In one of the rooms in 
South Hall we had to dry out the 

carpet and eventually replace it." 

Most of the fields that were dam- 
aged by the storms are now in bet- 
ter shape because of the workers at 
Facility Operations and Planning. 
But it wasn't all well and good 

for everyone on campus. For some 
students living in South Hall it was 
not the start of a semester they had 
Some residents who live on the 

[See WEATHER, Page 2] 

CLU students pitch in to help Haiti 


lyssa Harris 
Staff Writer 

Nation left in ruins after powerful temblor 

On Jan. 12, a 7.0 magnitude 
earthquake rocked the country 
of Haiti, destroying buildings 
and infrastructure, leaving an 
unknown number of Haitians 
dead or wounded and devastat- 
ing a country. 

Now, two weeks after the quake, 
relief efforts are continuing with- 
in Haiti and around the world to 
help the Haitian people 

A Country Devastated 

Of the country's nine million 
residents, 1.8 million are either 
homeless or living in makeshift 

The rubble remaining 
from the destroyed build- 
ings in Haiti's capital, 
Port-au-Prince, is esti- 
mated to easily fill to the 
top five football stadiums 
the size of New Orleans' 
Superdome, according to 
the Associated Press. 

According to an Associated 
Press report, close to 70 percent 
of structures were damaged near 
the capital. In towns closer to 
the epicenter, damage rates were 
close to 90 percent. 

One of the reasons for the high 
levels of destruction is because 
Haiti lacks any official building 
codes, according to the Organi- 
zation of American States. 

[See RELIEF, Page 3) 

Campus Safety idles 
SUVs to cut fuel use 

Gannon Smith 
Staff Writer 

Concern about the environ- 
ment, rising gas prices, budget 
cuts and maintenance fees have 
driven CLU's Campus Public 
Safety to go electric. 

Starting this year, Fred Miller, 
director of Campus Public Safety, 
has made the push to be more 
conscious of Public Safety's duty 
to the university, its students and 
the environment. 

By moving toward electric ve- 
hicles, he said he hopes to ac- 
complish three goals for the year: 
using electricity instead of gas, 
being a more visible security 
presence and going green. 

Public Safety has four forms of 
transportation. They have two 
Ford Escapes, two electric carts, 

a bicycle and one T3. 

The idea to completely elimi- 
nate the use of the Escapes has 
been thought about, but there are 
too many negatives to going fully 

First, electric carts cannot go as 
fast as the Ford Escapes and they 
do not offer the same amount of 
crash protection. 

"The carts are not as safe as 
the cars," Public Safety Officer 
William Irwin said. "For serious 
emergencies, depending on the 
circumstances, the carts are lim- 
ited in response time, due to the 
necessity of taking care of per- 
sonal safety first." 

Second, the electronic carts 

cannot be used at night because 

they do not have bright enough 

lights for security to monitor the 

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President Kimball invites 
students to meet with him 

California Lutheran University 
President Chris Kimball will 
host monthly office hours dur- 
ing the spring semester 2010 for 
students to come talk with him 

These hours do not limit stu- 
dents from making an appoint- 
ment at another time with the 
president, but are intended to 
encourage students to take the 
opportunity to meet with Kim- 

The office hours are as follows: 

Feb. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. 

March 1 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. 

March 26 from 9 to 1 1 a.m. 

April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon 

April 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. 

May 10 from 9 a.m. to noon 

President Kimball's office is on 
the first floor of the Pederson 
Administration Building next to 
the Registrar's Office. 

Areas of campus closed 
due to Swenson construc- 
tion project 

Through Friday, Feb. 6, pedes- 
trian access north of the new 
Swenson Center building will 
be closed due to electrical and 
communication underground 

Pedestrian access from the 
small parking lot off Regent 
Avenue to the Spies-Borneman 
Education and Technology 
Building, using the concrete fire 
access road, will be closed just 
west of the parking lot. 

Access from the pedestrian 
spine traveling east to the small 
parking lot, Regent Avenue and 
the Ranch House will be closed. 

Those on foot will still be able 
to access the pedestrian spine 
on the concrete fire access road 
(south of G Building) traveling 
east from Pioneer Street. 

For more information, contact 
Valerie Crooks at (805) 493- 

Students return home with stories to tell 


reanna Woodhouse 
Staff Writer 

CLU students who studied 
abroad during the fall 2009 se- 
mester were welcomed back by 
the university community on 
Jan. 27 in the Lundring Events 

The event, hosted by the Study 
Abroad office at California Lu- 
theran University, featured a re- 
ception where returning students 
shared stories and discussed their 
experiences while abroad. 

Following the reception, return- 
ing students and study abroad 
peer mentors shared a meal. 

"The welcome back event is a 
great opportunity for returning 
students to reconnect with oth- 
er returnees and alumni," said 
Stephanie Shaker- Sullivan, pro- 
gram specialist for study abroad. 

"It gives the students a way to 
reacclimate and have an oppor- 
tunity to share their stories. It 

also provides guidance and in- 
formation as well as a creative 
way to network," 

During the dinner the room 
was filled with stories of students' 
experiences abroad. 

"One of my favorite memories 
while in Florence, Italy, was when 
I took a literature class. Through- 
out the semester I really connect- 
ed with my teacher. She later in- 
vited me to her home in Florence 
where we had lunch together," 
junior Patricia Johnson said. 

Senior Jeannie Schmitt shared a 
story of how she taught an Eng- 
lish class to third- and fourth- 
graders while in Sweden. 

"They taught me so much and 
they even made me a collection 
of photos that I still have. At the 
end of the year I gave them my 
e-mail, and since then I have re- 
ceived many e-mails from them," 
she said. 

Other students shared stories of 
how they became connected to 

different cultures and interacted 
with the local people. 

"One day my roommate and I 
got really tired of white rice so 
one night we decided to make 
pasta. We then decided to invite 
the vegetable lady from the mar- 
ket across the street. She accepted 
and it then became a bimonthly 
thing," said Brittany Rham, who 
studied in Bamako, Mali. 

In addition to the exciting sto- 
ries that were told, the study 
abroad peer mentors led the re- 
turnees in discussions on ways 
they could put their global 
knowledge and intercultural 
skills to use. 

"It is our hope that students 
will take what they learned while 
abroad and apply it back to their 
classes," said Lisa Loberg, direc- 
tor of Study Abroad. 

As well as the information pro- 
vided by the CLU Study Abroad 
committee, Loberg also invited 
returnees to a one-day confer- 

ence in San Diego where students 
can connect with other study 
abroad students from around 
Southern California and learn 
tips for making the most of their 

The Study Abroad office offers 
advising appointments daily at 
2:30 p.m. for students consider- 
ing going abroad. 

CLU offers a variety of differ- 
ent program options, with over 
70 destinations around the world. 

Students who have already 
studied abroad and are inter- 
ested in helping out with events, 
presentations and meetings can 
fill out a peer mentor form ap- 
plication online at the CLU study 
abroad Web site. 

A meeting will be held tonight 
for peer mentors in Grace Lounge 
at 7 p.m. 


For more information 

visit www.callutheran. 

Rain forces students 
out of South Hall 

[WEATHER, from Page 1] 
first floor were affected by flood- 
water and were moved out of their 
rooms from Jan. 21 to 26, spending 
one night in a local hotel and a few 
days in Conjeo Hall. 

"It was all very stressful and a 
big hassle. It required a lot of un- 
fortunate time on our behalf," said 
Kelsey Blassingame, a sophomore 
at CLU. 

Blassingame's roommate, The- 
resa Bandurian, also a sophomore, 
explained the long process that 
took place in South. 

"We were here on Jan. 18, and 
the floor was already wet. But on 
Wednesday it all got so bad that we 
had to move out all of our stuff in 
the lounge, and have it supervised 

by a security," Bandurian said. 
"The carpet had to be changed be- 
cause it simply reeked too much. 
The people from Facilities sham- 
pooed each room at least four 
times because it smelled so bad." 

For the students living in South, 
everything has been worked out, 
and they are now safely back into 
their residence hall. 

"Facilities were on it, worked 
very hard and took care of every- 
thing," Nathan Fall, coordinator 
of Residence Life said. "There were 
precautions taken about water 
building up near several residence 
hall in order to prevent any bigger 
issue, so there was a lot of trench 
digging and they certainly took 
care of that." 

Steaks and chicken breasts are marinated and charbroiled 
Rice and beans cooked daily without lard 
Fresh salsas and guacamole made every day 

One block from CLU! 

365 Avenida de los Arboles 493- 1033 

Photo by Matt Michaels ■ Staff Photographer 
Campus Security Moves Ahead: lamal Khan, a Campus Safely officer, 
puts gas into a patrol vehicle at a nearby filling station. Campus Safety is 
using other forms of transportation in an effort to save gas. The Ford SUV 
is only used when needed. 

Running on empty 

[SECURITY, from Page 1] 
grounds with, or be seen by other 

Third, during periods of inclem- 
ent weather, such as last week's 
rain storms, the cars are used to 
offer protection and warmth to 
the officers while they perform 
their duties. 

Finally, the electric carts are not 
licensed to drive on regular city 
streets, such as Mt. Clef Boule- 
vard and Olsen Road, so if officers 
need to use one of those roads to 
respond quickly they would have 
to use one of the Escapes. 

With usage of the electric vehi- 
cles, the Campus Public Safety is 
saving $4,000 to $5,000 this year. 
Miller said the use of the vehicles 
has created "a 50 percent reduc- 
tion in fuel costs." This allows 
them to spend more on improv- 
ing security at CLU. 

"I would prefer a car because the 
carts cannot travel at the same 
speed," said Irwin, "but they are 
able to go on smaller paths, and 
are much more efficient for park- 
ing enforcement." 

"It's a little different," said Su- 
pervisor of Public Safety Torey 
Smith, but he maintains that se- 
curity is just the same if not bet- 

The T3 is a higher-tech addition 
this year to Public Safety's line of 
electronic vehicles. 

The T3 Motion Web site lays out 
the capabilities of the the three- 
wheeled vehicle, which features 
a raised platform, lights, brakes, 
the ability to reach 25 miles per 
hour — all without producing 

"The T3 is very effective and 
will pay for itself in one and a half 
years," Miller said. "It is versatile 
enough to take in buildings and 
monitor hallways." 

Although Public Safety does 
not plan on taking the T3 inside a 
building any time soon, they have 
the ability to bring equipment 
and an officer to any incident in- 
side or outside here at CLU. 

"It allows us to be more visible 
to the students," Miller said. "We 
can hear and see better and over- 
all it enhances public safety." 

February 3, 2010 

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Peace pole expresses hope for end to war and violence 

Jenny Guy 
Staff Writer 

"May peace prevail on Earth." 
Those words, spoken in nine dif- 
ferent languages, filled the air on 
Friday, Jan. 29, at CLU's Peace 
Pole dedication outside Samuel- 
son Chapel. 

"The peace pole is a symbolic 
way of expressing the hopes, 
dreams and prayers for people all 
over the world," said Dr. Juanita 
Hall, senior director of Multi- 
cultural and International Pro- 
grams at California Lutheran 
University, and the person re- 
sponsible for bringing this mon- 
ument to the campus. 

The founder of the Peace Pole 
Project, Masahisa Goi, began his 
life's work for peace in Japan in 
1955, after a nuclear bomb fell on 
Hiroshima during World War II. 

According to the World Peace 
Prayer Society's Web site, more 
than 200,000 of these handcraft- 
ed monuments have been erected 
in nearly every country on Earth. 

Today, peace poles are one of 
the most recognized internation- 
al symbols for peace. 

Each pole may vary in height 
and size, but they are all in- 
scribed with the same message 
and all symbolize a common 
hope: peace. 

Goi's hopes have lived on. 

CLU's new symbol for peace 
bears the message in English, 
Braille, Chumash, Arabic, Man- 
darin, Norwegian, Spanish, Jap- 
anese and Hebrew. 

Banners from different nations 
served as a backdrop at the peace 
pole dedication. 

Colorful ribbons streamed 
down from the pole and CLU's 
students, staff and members of 
the community were encouraged 
to hold on to these ribbons, con- 
necting themselves to the peace 
pole throughout the ceremony. 

The dedication began with a 
rendition of "Last Night I Had 
the Strangest Dream" performed 
by Skyler Butenshon and accom- 
panied by several members of the 
Kingsmen and Regal Quartet. 

"I think that when people look 
at the inscriptions on the peace 
pole they will see a bigger picture 
of the world and be reminded of 
the diversity of students at CLU," 
senior Shirley Wang said. 

"What does a peaceful world 
look like?" CLU President Chris 
Kimball said during his speech 
at the dedication. 

"It doesn't look like a pole, but 
it does symbolize what peace can 
mean for the world." 

For senior Amanda Wallace, 
the peace poll will have a special 

"This is the same pole I saw 

Photo by Robyn Poynter- Staff Photographer 

Holding Out For Peace: CLU students participate in the dedication of Ventura County's only peace pole. 

when I studied abroad in Egypt. 
Now that CLU has one, it really 
makes you feel connected to the 
whole world," Wallace said. 

This event is not only signifi- 
cant for CLU, but also for Ven- 
tura County, since it is one of the 
first peace poles to be placed in 
the area. 

A vital part of the dedication 
was the participation of mem- 
bers from the Chumash Nation, 
who are native to Ventura Coun- 

Chumash elder Beverly Folkes 

Students working to aid victims 

Photo courtesy of Nick Magaum - Magaurr 

Helping Hands: Fellow Haitians help bring a man into the hospital for treatment. 

[RELIEF, from Page 1] 

The quake has left Haiti in a state 
of distress, as some people have 
lost everything and are in need of 

The much needed aid is pour- 
ing in. The CNN Web site has 
reported that close to 17,000 U.S. 
military personnel have been sent 
to Haiti. 

Meals have been delivered to 
some 400,000 people. Three-hun- 
dred aid distribution sites are up 
and running, and between 130 to 
150 flights are arriving every day 
on the single-runway Port-au- 
Prince airport with aid. 

Students Call to Action 

As countries from around the 
world are answering Haiti's call 
of distress, so are students at Cali- 
fornia Lutheran University. 

Senior Casey Kloehn decided 
to put together a grass-roots, stu- 
dent-organized relief effort, which 
will provide both entertainment 
and aid for Haiti. 

"We have a benefit concert that I 
am organizing," Kloehn said. 
"This is going to be a big deal for 
students. Also, the H20 club is 
putting on a dance that will ben- 
efit the Haiti relief fund." 

Kloehn has enlisted friends, mu- 
sicians, resident assistants, clubs 
and organizations, graduates and 
others who feel passionately to 
help with the event on Feb. 18. 

"There are many ways that stu- 
dents at CLU can become involved 
in the Haiti cause, including mak- 
ing donations, performing in the 
benefit concert and to spreading 
the word that the people of Haiti 
need our help," Kolehn said. 

Last week there was a table set 
up by the flagpole next to the Soli- 
and Humanities Center where the 
group was getting volunteers to 
sign up to take part in the event. 

"I became involved because I 
was one of the people that Casey 
contacted," senior Ben Hogue 
said. "We watched the telethon to- 
gether, and I thought that if peo- 
ple saw the passion we had for this 
grass-roots effort that it would be 
contagious to the rest of the stu- 
dent body." 

All of the money raised by the 
benefit concert will be sent to 
Haiti to help the people affected 
by the earthquake, Kloehn said. 

The benefit concert is one way 
that CLU students are contribut- 
ing to the reconstruction of Haiti 
and the rehabilitation of its peo- 

spoke at this event, voicing the 
Chumash 's hopes for peace. 

The final act of the peace pole 
dedication was carried out by 
Gil Unzueta, Chumash spiritual 
leader, who performed a tradi- 

tional Chumash ritual to bless 
the pole. 

Unzueta concluded the cere- 
mony by saying, "Here, today, we 
are starting peace. We are bring- 
ing peace out into the world." 

Cal Lutheran introduces 
clinical psych doctorate 

akie Rodriguez 
Staff Writer 

Ventura County has much to 
offer with its beaches and quaint 
small towns. Next fall, it will be- 
come even more appealing with 
the introduction of a doctoral 
program for clinical psychology 

The new program is formally 
titled Doctorate in Clinical Psy- 
chology (Psy.D.) and is a five-year 
program that will open in Ox- 
nard next fall. 

The doctoral program is de- 
signed for students who "are in- 
terested in continuing their edu- 
cation and obtaining a doctorate 
in clinical psychology," said Min- 
dy Puopolo, director of psychol- 
ogy graduate programs. 

The new doctoral program was 
created after years of research 
and careful planning, she said. 

Students with either a bach- 
elor's or master's degree are eli- 
gible to apply. 

Space is limited, and only 17 
students will be accepted for the 
2010-2011 school year, Puopolo 

"[The program) is a somewhat 
innovative approach to present- 
ing clinical psychology curricu- 
lum that provides both breadth 
and depth and meets accredita- 
tion standard," Puopolo said. 

The program differs from a typ- 
ical doctoral program in that the 
focus of study is on "the develop- 
ment of clinical skills and on be- 
coming effective clinicians who 
will work in applied settings," 
Puopolo said. 

Some students have applied 
based on the merits of the staff 
already working at CLU. 

"One of the biggest reasons for 
applying to the program is that 

I can rely on the faculty to help 
me become a better clinician and 
succeed," said Kristina Rodri- 
guez, CLU graduate student in 
clinical psychology. 

All accepted students will be re- 
quired to complete a one-year in- 
ternship in addition to a written 
dissertation and passing a quali- 
fying exam before graduation. 

The doctoral program covers 
three main areas of course work. 

The primary focus includes "a 
research track, a clinical-skills 
track and a six-course track on 
understanding disorders from 
historical and developmental 
perspectives," Puoplo said. 

In addition to the curriculum 
and staff, the Ventura County lo- 
cation is another reason to apply. 

"[The location of the school] 
is helpful to me because I want 
to work in Ventura County, so 
it would allow me to continue 
to buiJd contacts in the region 
where I hope to have my career," 
Rodriguez said. 

The prime location is not only 
a factor for graduate students, 
but for undergraduate students 
considering their options after 

Junior Janett Garcia, a psychol- 
ogy undergraduate student, said 
the location "would be very con- 
venient" if she chooses to apply to 
the doctoral program. 

The curriculum and research 
seem to already be effective as 
some undergraduate students are 
considering applying after gradu- 

"I will look into it and see if it is 
the right fit for me," Garcia said. 


For more information 

visit www.calluther- 


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February 3, 2009 





• Exhibit: "Exquisite Play" by Janet 

Kwan Fong Gallery 


• The Need: As One 

10:10 p.m. Chapel Narthex 

^j- • Our Voice: A Celebration of Black 
Women in Music 

7 p.m. Preus-Brandt Forum 






U«k • Nordic Spirit Symposium 

7 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

• Midnight Movie Club Lu 

1 1:55 p.m. Westlake Village Twin Theaters 




• Nordic Spirit Symposium 

9 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 




. Super Bowl XLIV 

'**** 3:30 p.m. PST 





. ASCLU-G Senate Meeting 

5:20 p.m. Nygreen 1 

j • ASCLU-G Programs Board Meeting 

7:30 p.m. Nygreen 1 





Next Week: February 10-February 16 

• Sophomore Slump Buster 

7 p.m. Lundring Events Center 




• The Sounds of CLC: A Tribute to CLU'S 50th Anniversary 

• The Need 

• Valentine's Day 

Do you have an event to submit to the Echo? 

E-mail date, time, location and contact information to 

(805) 777-7883 

398 N. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 

(In the Best Buy plaza, next to Ross) 

Stuff Pizza Bar & Grill presents 
The 1st annual 

CLU Valentine's Party 

February 13, 2010 @ 10 p.m. 

Come dressed as your favorite God or Goddess of Love 

Spinning the best in Hip Hop, Old School, Rock, House & Dance music 
DJ Cali Los - Stuft Pizza resident & Ventura County's #1 Club DJ 

Arrive early to avoid long lines 

18+ must present valid ID 

Strict Security 

Specials all night 

Join us every Thursday for College Night & Late night "Stuft" Fridays (9 p.m. - close) 

For more info: Stuftpizzato(a> 

February 3, 2010 

the Echo 


Raising awareness: World AIDS Day at CLU 


essa Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

It's been over 20 years since 
the AIDS/HIV epidemic made 
headline news in the United 
States. Due to public health ini- 
tiatives and medical research 
advances, treatments and con- 
tainment of AIDS has made 
great progress in our society. 

Recently, California Lutheran 
University has established it- 
self as a university that wants 
its students to be aware of the 
AIDS/ HIV virus. 

Just in the past year, the uni- 
versity has provided demon- 
strations around campus as 
well as hosted specific events to 
bring awareness to its students. 

More specifically, this past 
December, the university was 
provided with an opportunity to 
host the World AIDS Day event 
in hopes of not only educating 
the students more, but to also 
educate the public about this 

infectious disease. 

Amanda Whealon, a three- 
year associate of the World 
AIDS Day event and coordina- 
tor for student leadership at Cal 
Lutheran, works hard at provid- 
ing students with valuable in- 
formation about the disease. 

Her main goal is to "teach stu- 
dents about responsibility and 
to educate and inform them 
about healthy relationships. 

The Wellness Program is not 
to tell students what to do but to 
really educate them about mak- 
ing good decisions," Whealon 

On Feb. 10, the Wellness pro- 
gram will be taking over The 
Need and hosting a night of 
mock speed dating. 

After the speed dating, it will 
be a great time to ask questions 
and get answers about being in a 
healthy relationship. 

This event will take place in a 
fun environment, providing a 
great place to learn. For more 

information about healthy rela- 
tionships or any other questions 
you can visit ww w. callutheran. 
edit; wellness . 

Laura Ochoa, a first year as- 
sociate of the World AIDS Day 
event and project coordinator 
for the Upward Bound program 
ff here at CLU, is 

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tantnotto cate for AIDS 
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Associate/ Proj- 
ect Coordinator 

someone be- 
cause they 
could have an 
incurable dis- 

Her hope is for the World 
AIDS Day event to become a 
county event, where more peo- 
ple from the Ventura area can 

come and learn from those who 
may be diagnosed or those who 
know someone who has been 
diagnosed with the AIDS/HIV 

Ochoa's final note was, "make 
sure you give back and partici- 
pate in whatever community 
you live in" 

For individuals who want 
to get more involved or know 
more about upcoming events in 
the Ventura county area, there 
is a great organization called the 
Ventura County AIDS Partner- 

According to their mission 
statement, VCAP is an organi- 
zation that provides grants for 
local nonprofit organizations. 

VCAP is also co-convened by 
the United Way in Ventura and 
Ventura County Community 
Foundation, as well as a com- 
munity partner of the National 
AIDS Fund. For more informa- 
tion about the organization you 
can visit its Web site at www. /. 

Dr. Chris Christen, a recently 
retired member of VCAP and 
director of clinical training at 
CLU, recommends VCAP as a 
great place to volunteer. 

Christen first came in contact 
with the organization while at- 
tending a Latino task force to 
address AIDS and HIV to the 
Spanish speaking communities 
in Ventura County. 

Christen stresses the impor- 
tance of knowing "myths from 
reality when it comes to using 
good protection." 

He continued by explaining 
how there is more than one way 
to get involved. 

"There's advocacy, politics and 
volunteer work, promotion ed- 
ucation and prevention," Chris- 
tian said. 

He concluded our interview 
with a very important final 
note, "Get tested. There's a lot of 
fear, but early intervention can 
make a lot of difference." 

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A laugh a day will 
keep the doctor away 


essa Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

All Students 

with School ID 

Every other Thursday, in the 
Preus-Brandt Forum, CLU stu- 
dents can count on the dedicated 
improv troupe for an excellent 
dose of endorphins that will keep 
them gleeful through Friday. No 
need for props or show - nine 
personalities and their sense of 
humor are all it takes to cater an 
extravagant comedic feast. 

The current improv troupe at 
California Lutheran University 
is led by Lisa Fredrickson, an ad- 
junct lecturer of the improv class 
and an artist in the field with 20 
years of experience. She takes on 
the adviser position and occa- 

sionally hosts the 11 p.m. show in 
order to nurture young perform- 
ers in the art about which she is so 
deeply passionate. 

"Improv is very in the mo- 
ment; it takes guts. That's what 
life should be about - saying yes," 
Fredrickson said. 

Fredrickson said she is im- 
pressed by the freedom CLU 
improvisers have in their artistic 
expression, so they have total say 
in the content of the show. Some- 
times they make decisions that 
offend the audience, but dealing 
with feedback is the best way to 
learn. "I'd rather see that than to 
have the students censor them- 
selves onstage," Fredrickson said. 
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February 3, 2010 

Behind the scenes: the CLU improv troupe 


Fredrickson said she is im- 
pressed by the freedom CLU 
improvisers have in their artistic 
expression, whereby they have 
total say in the content of the 

Sometimes they make deci- 
sions that offend the audience, 
but dealing with feedback is the 
best way to learn. 

"I'd rather see that than to have 
the students censor themselves 
on-stage," Fredrickson said. 

Members of the improv troupe 
came in with different levels of 
skills and personal expectations. 

Junior Skyler Butenshon had 
familiarized himself with the 
group by accompanying them on 
the piano before his comical tal- 
ent was discovered. 

Freshman Jordan Stidham went 
on the show with considerable 
education about acting in im- 

Senior Amanda Wallace, a well- 
seasoned actress when she joined 
the troupe, never thought she 
had such comedic qualities yet 
has found her place among the 
rest of the seasoned troupe. 

Despite all of this, the actors 

generate amazing chemistry and 
fluidity once they start interact- 
ing and having fun with one an- 

According to Ryan Strand, a 
member since Spring 2009, it 
takes a certain amount of quick 
wit to do improv, but it is not 
about acting. 

Improv requires actors to let 
loose, think on their feet and get 
caught up in the moment. 

"Unlike getting ready for a play 
where there's a lot of pressure 
and anxiety, warming up for im- 
prov is super fun," Strand said. 

Besides, messing up in improv 
is not a crime but an opportunity 
for others to exploit the humor in 
any given blunder. 

Strand says he loves the diversi- 
ty of the troupe and the fact that 
everyone has "their own thing" 
when it comes to performing. 

Sophomore Lauren Osga is in 
her second year as part of the 

She finds herself typically play- 
ing the straight character who 
contrasts herself to the ridicu- 
lousness of the others. 

Senior Ryan Capriccio is a sar- 
castic bullet, although he is much 

Crack-up: The improv troupe provides laughter for the audience as well as 

quieter offstage than one might group is quite obvious, 
think. "It is difficult for women be- 

Nevertheless, the unbalanced cause there is a pressure on them 
male -to -female (7:2) ratio in the to be pretty all the time," Wallace 


'These boots are made for walking' 

Wading through the small pools 
of collected water alongside the 
streets required serious footwear. 

If you own a pair of rain boots, 
congrats, you stayed dry! 

My mentality on buying rain 
boots is that the second I do, it 
won't rain. Ever. 

I spent the next four days in 
heels with the explanation that 
it elevated me slightly above the 
soaked ground. 

The truly terrifying moment 
came in the form of the shapeless 
brown puffed up boot that shuf- 
fled to and from classes. 

The UGG invasion. 

From what I've been told, these 
shoes are not waterproof which 
surprised me because given the 
weather; I assumed that they must 
have had some sort of built-in 
rain protection. According to out- 
side research, this is not so. 

It takes a lot for a shoe to strike 
fear into my heart and the UGG 
has done exactly that. 

Shoes are handcrafted with the 
intent of making anyone feel like 
they stand out from the crowd. In 
some ways, this is done with a sti- 
letto to maximize height. 

While the UGG may be com- 
fortable, it is in no way flattering 
to one's appearance. Shoes say a 
lot about who we are and where 
we are going in life. They should 
be utterly remarkable. 

Oh, the places you'll go for a 
good pair. I recommend starting 
with, the ultimate 
in shoe heaven. A wide variety of 
men's and women's styles, design- 
ers, colors and most importantly, 
sizes. This site covers them all 
and even offers free shipping on 
orders (this is often subject to 

While Zappos is a bit more ca- 
sual, Chinese Laundry bumps it 
up a notch with dressier shoes 
and is filled with a great selection 
as well. 

Their assortment includes a sec- 
tion dubbed "Vintage Laundry" 
with shoes from their older col- 
lections and a gorgeous selection 
of vegan shoes. 

Those who frequent Nord- 
strom stores and site will have 
undoubtedly noticed the brand 
Irregular Choice. They special- 
ize in booties and pumps that 
have a whimsical flair like scal- 
loped edges and ribbons, and are 
often in shades of teal or royal 

A quick visit to their official 
Web site reveals more of the 
shoes, once you navigate away 
from the slightly alarming and 
overwhelmingly neon bright 
home page. 

Stick around a little longer and 
register with the site for savings 
and discount vouchers e-mailed 
regularly each month. 

Chilly weather and occasional 
rainstorms will still call for a 
sturdier shoe. 

For men and women alike, I 
recommend Frye boots. 

These boots are sold on the- and select Ur- 
ban Outfitters locations. 

Made with quality hardware 
and rich leathers, Frye boots 
not only look amazing, but with 
proper care, they can last for 

So go on, and walk a mile in 
these shoes. 

As much as she embraces 
femininity and composure, she 
loves to tear down those barri- 
ers by putting on her most play- 
ful and goofy side for the show. 

Indeed, improv actors win 
over the audience with their en- 
ergy and personality, not with 
their looks. 

Sometimes sporting absurd 
garments assists them in chan- 
neling humor and showing the 
audience that they do not take 
themselves too seriously. 

Freshman Tommy Schofield, 
memorable for his lanky frame, 

beanie hat and over- the- top 
stage personality, knows this 

"I like to wear a bright neon 
headband on stage because it 
helps me get in the mood," he 

Improv is not only a good skill 
for actors, but also beneficial for 
anyone who wants to explore 
unconventional ways of ex- 
pressing themselves. 

Watching improv is a sure 
blast but doing it can be even 
more exhilarating. 

For those who are interested 
in discovering this art form, the 
theatre department offers a sin- 
gle-credit improvisation course 
every semester, which accom- 
modates students of all majors. 

Margaret Nolan 

Matthew Kufeld 

Carly Robertson 

Caitlin Coomber 

Trace Ronning 

Doug Barnett 




Brooke Hall 

Ms. Colleen Cason 

Lindsey Brittain 
Alex Lasort 
Hallie Walsh 
Mayan White 

Jonathan Culmer 

February 3, 2010 

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FEATURES - Page 7 

She liked dessert; he dug the big-screen TV 

She said: 

Where do you want to go for 
dinner? This is a question room- 
mates and friends debate almost 
every day. 

What if I told you I know a place 
with stars hanging from the ceil- 
ing and snug couches that swal- 
low you as you enjoy the crisp fire 
on a patio while enjoying a live 
band on a warm night? 

That's right, with something on 
the menu for everyone, and food 
that you can afford, there is Li- 
mon's Latin Bar and Grill in Simi 
Valley Town Center. 

The entrance has a crystal rock 
fountain that is really eye-catch- 
ing and different from everyday 
restaurants. The atmosphere of 
the restaurant is retro, chic and 
smooth. The booths are tall and 
white and some have personal 
canopies, which are perfect for 
private dates. 

As a girl, I always worry about 
what to wear. The best part about 
this place is the dress code. Girls 
can show up in either their favor- 
ite shoes or in flip-flops. It's the 
atmosphere of exotic flowers and 
twinkling lights that will impress 
you, rather than the styles of other 

Guys can wear their most casual 
outfit or nice jeans. How ever you 
feel best is appropriate. It's, basi- 
cally, come as you are. It is the 
kind of place where you could 
go with your friends or on a date. 
But, if you wear your dancing 
shoes, there is a live band. 

The menu varies from steak to 
salads with flavors and spices to 
satisfy any craving. If you're look- 
ing for a getaway from the typical 
Chili's, Lazy Dog Caft and B.J.'s, 
Limon's is your spot. 

The food is excellent and service 
is friendly. I personally am a very 
picky eater and allergic to some 

food. However, Limon's showed 
no problems. I got an Ahi tuna 
salad, and wish I could have it all 
the time. 

If you're a dessert person, they 
even have churros. This is a place 
where delicious treats called "fruit 
loops" and "gummy bears" are not 
for kids. 

He said: 

Limon's Latin Grill, is a great 
place to go relax with friends, or 
go out on a date. It is set up with 
one half of the place all about the 
bar and the other half is the main 
dining room area, with live music 

Right when I walked in, the first 
thing I noticed was the full pa- 
tio/bar area, with TVs wrapping 
around from the bar to the 50- 
inch screen. 

The patio area is looks out to the 
mall with couches and fire, which 
is a perfect setup if you're on a 
date. The restaurant has great spe- 
cials all throughout the day, five 
days a week 

I sat in the dining room area, 
which is smaller than most res- 
taurants, but the lighting, decora- 
tions and music make up for it, 

setting off a great ambiance on a 

The waitress was very nice, po- 
lite and was prompt with our 
drinks and meal. She never left us 
waiting long. 

As a man, I simply want to have 
good food and good drinks for 

I got the chipotle linguini. Basi- 
cally, it was spicy chicken pasta 
with chipotle sauce and spices. By 
the end of the meal I had a little 
extra for lunch the next day. 

Dessert was out of the question, 
due to the fact I was too full to eat 
any. But looking at the menu, it 
sounded good and the price was 

The bill was fairly cheaper than 
expected. Dinner for two great 
meals would only cost you around 

Overall, I was pleased with the 
experience. If you have a group of 
friends, the restaurant has great 
drinks with plenty of entertain- 
ment and live music, and the place 
turns into a club on the weekends. 

If you have a date and want to 
take her outside of Thousand 
Oaks, this is a great place to start. 

Overseas military studying MBA 


ndrew Adams 
Staff Writer 

Soldiers stationed overseas, in 
the Armed Forces have begun 
the process of getting their de- 
grees online while completing 
their service. 

The recent expansion of the 
Post-9/11 GI bill has led to 
a growing amount of service 
members signing up for online 

As a part of the new bill, the 
Veterans Affairs committee will 
pay the tuition and fees up to the 
price of the most expensive pub- 
lic university in each state, while 
also providing a living stipend 
and $500 a semester for books. 

According to The Patriot- 
News, 385,000 veterans and ac- 
tive military have applied for 
these benefits over the past week 

"The program was something I 
could do to prepare for my post- 
military career while living in 
Europe and Iraq," said Wallace 
Larson, a former lieutenant 
colonel who earned his MBA 
from California Lutheran 

Taking classes while being 
stationed in remote desert loca- 
tions can lead to unexpected dif- 
ficulties, such as mice chewing 
through Internet cables or In- 
ternet systems that can't process 
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Communication can also be 
difficult at times as a soldier 
might be working on a proj- 
ect with students from multiple 
states or even countries. 

"I couldn't imagine going to 
school while also having to 
worry about possibly fighting 
for my life," CLU senior Victor 
Jones said. "I definitely have the 
utmost respect for the men and 


women who can handle such 

There are many benefits to 
this program. Service members 
who complete their degree are 
not only better equipped to deal 
with the nuances of battle, but 
are also better prepared to enter 
the job market after completing 

As opposed to starting school 
after returning from battle, sol- 
diers can now immediately re- 
turn to the workforce after their 
time in the military is up. 

This can help soldiers accli- 
mate to civilian life much easier 
and reduce stress that can result 
from uncertainty regarding life 
after service. 

"This program has opened 
doors for me for potential em- 
ployment," Larson said. "The 
economy has proven problem- 
atic with job hunting, and I have 
decided to start my own financial 
planning firm using the founda- 
tion of knowledge I gained at 
CLU. It is because of CLU that I 
have the confidence to strike out 
on my own as a financial plan- 

Communication professionals 
share career tips in tough, 
competitive job market 


aley deVinney 
Staff Writer 

If you are a communication ma- 
jor, you have probably been asked 
many times what exactly a com- 
munication major does. What 
kind of careers can a communica- 
tion major go into? 

The Communication Speaker 
Panel answered that question this 
past Friday, Jan. 29. 

The first person to speak was 
Sarah Holmes, executive director 
of research with Frank I. Magid 
and Associates, a company that 
does entertainment research and 
consulting. Holmes specializes 
in kids' TV, gaming, new media 
and entertainment programming. 
She graduated from California 
Lutheran University in 1999 with 
honors and a B.A. in marketing 

Originally she thought she 
wanted to go into advertising, but 
discovered her passion was quali- 
tative research. Some aspects of 
her job include getting to know 
the consumer and making sense 
of the data. 

While she made it dear she en- 
joys her job, the negatives of her 
work include the times and loca- 
tions of the focus groups she con- 
ducts. As she finished speaking 
she said, "If I had to quickly sum 
up the three things I like the most 
about my job, it's always different, 
I'm working on various topics day 
to day and it's always changing." 

The second speaker was Trevor 
Connor, a broadcast journal- 
ist with an NBC affiliate in El 
Paso, Texas. He earned his bach- 
elor's degree 
V £ in communi- 

In 46 years cation with 
of radio and a media pro- 
TV, none of duction em- 
them have phasis. 
been boring" Trevor spoke 
of his job with 
Lee Marshall energy and a 
Radio and TV dash of hu- 
expert mor. 

After gradu- 
ating from Cal 
Lutheran, he sent out his resume 
all over the country. He decided 
on El Paso because of its weather 
and how close it is to his home. 

El Paso borders Ciudad Juarez, 
which is one of the most deadly 
towns in the world. At the end of 
2009 it had a total of 2,600 homi- 

"It's an interesting place to be 
living and obviously when you're 
in the news it makes it even more 
interesting," he toid the overflow 
crowd in the Roth Nelson Room. 
In the "Troubleshooters" seg- 
ment, the Channel 9 team follow 
up on the complaints of ordinary 
citizens and bring tight to their 

In one such episode, an angry 
boss keeps writing his employees 
hot checks, but insists he isn't. 
Connor showed a clip where he 
and his cameraman nearly get 
into a fight with the boss while he 
is trying to throw them out of the 

His job certainly isn't lacking ex- 
citement and he said that he loves 
that it's pretty much different ev- 
ery day. While he sometimes has 
to work 12-hour days, he still 
finds his job fun. 

Heidi Creed found her passion 
by first figuring out what she 
didn't want to do. She spent five 
years working for Clear Channel 
Communications, which made it 
clear to her that she didn't want 
to be in the corporate world. She 
went back to school to pursue her 
MBA and graduated in 2000. 

Creed discovered her passion 
was sports marketing and with 
some networking, arrived at her 
current job. She is the director for 
the Dole Great Race of Agoura 
Hills and the acting editor for Los 
Angeles Sports and Fitness maga- 

While discussing her job, she 
expressed how much she loves 
the flexibility of it. She can work 
from home when she wants. She 
also likes being able to "see proj- 
ects through from the beginning 
to the end." 

However, being both an editor 
and director makes her feel like 
her "day is never done." 

The next person who spoke was 
someone who is quite recogniz- 
able just by his voice. Lee Mar- 
shall is a voice-over actor and has 
been in the radio and television 
industry since he was 14. He is 
best known for being the voice of 
Tony the Tiger. 

Marshall never finished college 
and he readily admitted that it 
didn't hinder him professionally. 
His voice has been heard every- 
where from radio, to television 
and movies. He has even been in- 
ducted into the Radio Division of 
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

The biggest regret he has in life, 
however, has been that he never 
finished college. 

Marshall stated that "In 46 years 
of radio and TV, none of them 
have been boring." He ended his 
talk with a statement that chal- 
lenged the audience to consider 
being in the radio industry. 

"[Radio] needs to be reinvented. 
We're looking for people to cause 
that to happen." 

The panel ended with the speak- 
er Nadine Rajabi, a comedian and 
XM Satellite Radio host. She's also 
a blogger, works for television and 
radio studios and is a regular at 
top comedy clubs. 

While she made the audience 
laugh many times during her 
speech, what was really impres- 
sive was her dedication to her 
career. Out of everything she 
learned at Cal Lutheran, she was 
grateful for learning how to dis- 
cipline herself and to not have an 
ego. She said what she loves most 
of all is "Every day I get to wake 
up and be creative." 

If anything was to be gleaned 
from this speaker panel, it is that 
a communication major can lead 
you in many different directions. 
As long as you have the dedica- 
tion and strong work ethic, you'll 
find a career just right for you. 

Page 8 

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February 3, 2010 

Quarter-life crisis hits Generation Y seniors hard 


You may be thinking to yourself, 
"I've spent the last 17 years of my 
life in classrooms" The immediate 
question then is, "now what?" 

If your thought process is 
anything like mine, then you're 
already in panic mode. 

When it comes to life after college, 
there will not be syllabi or a rubric 
to follow. As students, that's how 
we've learned to navigate life. 

Unfortunately it's not that simple 
after college. 

The topic of the nature almost 

innately causes college students, 
especially seniors, to squirm. 
There are so many questions we 
ask ourselves. 

Have I prepared enough? 

Will the skills I've learned in class 
really translate in a "9 to 5?" 

Am I even ready to commit to 
the daily grind? 

The simple task of deciding on 
what to order at the Centrum is 
enough to make my head spin, 
let alone thinking about a future 

Luckily there is a name and even a 
good explanation for all the worry 
we, as students in transition, feel. If 
you haven't heard of it before now, 
it's called the quarter-life crisis. 

As we face our looming 
adulthood, we struggle with 

anxiety over everything it entails. 

Considering everything from 
where we'll live after college to 
how we'll pay back our student 
loans, we stress over what seems to 
be a never-ending array of future 

To complicate things even more, 

The topic of the future 
almost innately 
causes college students, 
especially seniors, to 


we stress over intangible things 
like our competence in graduate 
programs and strategic career 
moves versus choices that are 
more about vocation. 

Let's not forget the self-inflicted 
burden of impressing the people 
around us. 

Not only do we want to feel 
accomplished, but we want the 
people around us to take notice as 

Though there may not be a 
remedy for all these anxieties we 
feel, it's a comfort to know that 
we are all in this thing together as 

The support we can offer one 
another undoubtedly helps to ease 
some of the pressure we all feel. 

I'm finding that the best way 
to cope with anxiety of my own 
quarter-life crisis is to actively stay 
open to life's possibilities. 

Though that may seem like 
mere optimism, it also means 

being content with not knowing 
everything and leaving room for 
you to receive the unexpected. 

It means switching perspectives 
from fear of the unknown to 
excitement for the adventure. 

Try seeing the glass half full 
instead of half empty. 

So even though you may be 
a 20-something with a short 
resume, a hefty amount of student 
loans and possibly without set 
plans for your post undergrad life, 
as your college years draws to a 
close, remember that there are lots 
of us in your same shoes. 

More important, remember that 
it's all about perspective. 

The way you view this time 
in your life can make all the 

Driving danger in SoCal rain 



Ask anyone where the worst driv- 
ers in the United States are and you 
are sure to get one common an- 
swer: California. 

Tailgaters, speeders and inatten- 
tive drivers make California road- 
ways a hectic environment. 

In the defense of Californians, 
where else in America do driv- 
ers have to sit in rush-hour traf- 
fic where the number of cars on 
a freeway often outnumber the 
number of people living in some 
counties of other states? 

As if driving on freeways in Cali- 
fornia's sunshine and clear skies is 
not stressful and annoying enough, 
the rain from the last week's has 
made matters worse. 

"California: Land of the Speed- 
ers" quickly turned into "Califor- 
nia: Land of the Hydroplaners" 
when rain flooded the freeways. 

It is difficult for some people to 
understand there are certain pre- 
cautions we have to take when 
driving in the rain. 

Rainy days in Southern Califor- 
nia are far and few between so it 
is safe to say everyone could use a 
little refresher on rainy day driving 

On my way back to CLU after the 
holiday break, numerous vehicles 
refrained from turning on their 
headlights in the rain. Then, they 
proceeded to drive in the white 
cloud billowing out from the semi- 
truck traveling next to or in front 
of them. 

Another major issue: the people 
who drive 85 mph through the 
ocean-sized puddles that occupy 
most of the fast lane. 

Hydroplaning is not an Olympic 
sport; stop training like it is one. 

Even if you do not plan on speed- 
ing through the rain puddles, it is 
always a good idea to check that 
your tires are properly inflated. 

Since it takes longer for vehicles 
to stop in the rain than it does in 
normal weather, one of the easiest 

precautions to take is to stay fur- 
ther behind the car in front of you. 

According to the Automobile 
Club of Southern California, you 
should increase your following 
distance by at least two to three 
times while driving in the rain. 

Whether in rain or in shine, Cali- 
fornian&have the biggest problem 
with paying attention; more spe- 
cifically their lack of paying atten- 

Everybody is guilty of this one. 
If you are texting, talking on the 
phone, obsessing over a conversa- 
tion that did not go your way, or 
flipping through CDs then you are 
not fully paying attention. 

As hard as it is to break habits, 
we should all try harder to refrain 
from these activities while driving 
in the rain. 

To all of those proud practitio- 
ners of the "California Rolling 
Stop," let's try to be safe out there 
during the rainy season. 


For more tips on how to drive 
safely in the rain go to 

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Big changes planned 

Ever wonder what your school 
would look like if you decided to 
return after a decade? 

Well have no fear, the answer is 

Over the past few years, CLU's 
campus has been changing right 
before our eyes. 

We have had a new gym, pool 
and dorm building constructed. 
But those changes are nothing 
compared to what's to come in the 
next 10 to 15 years. 

Some might say the campus will 
be unrecognizable to the students 
who are currently at CLU. 

CLU's Director of Auxiliary 
Services Dan Slattery believes 
these changes will benefit CLU in 
more ways than one. 

The school has decided to move 
away from one story buildings 
and transform the look of the 

Some of these ideas of expansion 
include getting a lamba Juice on 
campus, which is planned to be 
ready by this upcoming summer. 

This Jamba Juice will be in the 
current a la Carte area on the 

Students will have the option 
to purchase a Jamba Juice using 
either a meal, bonus points, 
munch money or cash. 

One reason for this expansion 
is to bring more options of a 
healthy meal for the students. It 
will serve as a great on-the-go 

With Jamba Juice joining our 
campus, we will be the smallest 
college in the country to have one. 

Now that's saying something 
about the big changes to 

It will be the first franchise to hit 
our campus and hopefully not the 

Other changes to look out for 
will be a performing arts center, 
which will be in the current 
Kingsmen football field area. A 
new stadium is planned to be 
built on the other side of Olsen 
Road joining the Gilbert Sports 
and Fitness Center Complex. 

Our cafeteria, bless its soul, will 
be moved to the current Student 
Union Building area, and then 
the SUB moved to the Old Gym. 

This is bound to be the biggest 

The new cafeteria is planned to 

In a decade, the 
campus will be 
unrecognizable to the 
current CLU students. 

be much larger, with all different 
types of food. It will also have a 
little coffee shop where students 
will have the chance to sit and 
relax with friends or grab a cup to 
go on the way to an early morning 

We are keeping up with the big 

These are just some of the many 
plans that CLU has to help its 
campus grow and blossom into 
so much more. 

So what do all these changes 
mean for our students? 

This means more classrooms, 
more options and more of the 
needs met for future students. 

It is less about expanding 
our class sizes and more about 
expanding the knowledge of the 
students who attend. 

The goal will be attracting 
well-rounded students who will 
have the option to learn in a new 
psychology building or dance in a 
new dance studio. 

As Winston Churchill said, 
"There is nothing wrong with 
change, if it's in the right 

These changes are pointing us in 
the right direction toward a new 
and improved CLU. 

February 3, 2010 

the Echo 

OPINION - Page 9 

The recession's major impact 

In an economic war zone, 
college kids pick professions 
based on salary potential. 

Often referred to as "the best 
years of my life" the college 
experience is famous for creating 
lasting memories, cultivating 
lifelong passions and initiating 
many changes within oneself. 

In 2010s frenetic uncertainty, 
however, college students have 
had a more pertinent agenda: 
graduate and get a good job. 

With all of the focus on the 
wide-ranging wrath of the 
economy, many students feel 
pressure to settle on a career path 
with greater financial security. 

As the time draws nearer when 
students must declare a major, 
seek an internship and settle 
on future employment, college 
kids across America must ask 
themselves: is making a lot of 
money really the key to a happy 

Money can provide some level 
of security, but security itself 
cannot buy happiness. 

True happiness comes from 

nthin. By discovering who you 

really are and learning about 
the world in which you live, 
happiness abounds. 

Though college has always 
been a means to an end (finding 
a profession) but it may also be 
a means to a means: specific 
experiences both in and outside 
the classroom that are worth the 
cost of tuition because they help 
reveal and develop many truths 
about oneself. 

Attending college is meaningful 
in ways beyond the allure of a 
large future salary. 

However, as America struggles 
to stabilize itself and regain 
economic homeostasis, it is 
easy to see why many students 
are feeling pressure to either 
graduate quickly so they can 
begin to make money or 
begrudgingly spend more time 
in school in order to secure a job 
within a more lucrative - but not 
necessarily more desired - field. 

It is a wonderful goal to be self- 
sufficient, but life is more than 
just being able to afford rent and 
pay bills. 

Life is about loving what you 
do, and doing what you love. 

College is still one of the best 
places for people to learn and 
grow - a safe environment where 
trial, error and experimentation 
with different crafts and trades 
might ultimately inspire a true 
"calling" within 

Every one has different reasons 
for attending college, but one 
fact remains universal: a college 
education is a gift, and much like 
life, ends as soon as it begins. 

Therefore, students should 
revel in their college years by 
looking past the bachelor's- 
mentality and finding 

something they can enjoy. 

Though the road before us is 
ready for paving, the direction it 
will run is for us to decide. 

With time and careful 
contemplation, college will 
certainly bring guidance. 

But, if our only incentive is 
something that fills a wallet, we 
might be setting ourselves up for 
years of disappointment. 

A new lease on books 

At last! It seems as though 
students have finally found a 
solution to the problem of high 
priced textbooks. 

Thanks to the new and innovative 
Web site known as, 
students can rent textbooks online 
for only a fraction of the original 

In these hard times, renting 
books is undeniably more 
economical. If the trend 
continues, buying books from on 
campus bookstores could very 
easily become a thing of the past. 

The benefits of using 
are vast and the process is simple. 

Books can be located through 
the Web site's search engine and 
once ordered, arrive within four 
to seven business days. 

As a student who has struggled 
with high credit card bills from 
books, I was thrilled to discover 
this alternative. 

The Web site's philosophy known 
as the "Cheggifesto" encourages 
critical thinking. 

The motto "Don't buy it" has a 
dual meaning. 

Chegg encourages students not 

to buy overpriced textbooks or 
buy everything they hear. Think 
for yourself and ultimately form 
your own ideas and opinions. 

In addition to inexpensive 
textbooks and a catchy motto, is part of the eco- 
friendly or "green movement." 

" is amazing! Not 
only do they plant a tree for every 
book you rent, but the shipping is 
included in the price," freshman 
Stephanie Siewert said. 

The company is a partner of 
Global Releaf, American Forests 
education and action program. 
Not only are trees being saved 
through reusing textbooks, but 
for every book a student buys, a 
tree is planted. 

Environmental issues are 
experiencing a surge of 
recognition this year as part of a 
pop culture trend. The "go green" 
movement has launched college 
students across the nation into 
frenzy to save the planet. 

Cheggs eco-friendly efforts give 
students even more reason to rent. 

Other CLU students have caught 
onto the book renting trend. 

"It's a really good deal compared 
to buying books from the 
bookstore," freshman Antonella 
Puglisi said. 

"I spent 50 percent less than 
what buying books from the 
bookstore would have cost me. I 
got free stuff too." 

within. By discovering who you calling within. years of disappointment. Chegg encourages students not got free stuff too. 

Cam pus security leaves gaps in CLU's safety net 

effective is CLU Security? were kicked out of Mogen for We explored the house and thought was the Echo office. 

After watching campus security 
try to chase down a car doing 
doughnuts in the parking lot by 
North Hall, I got to thinking; How 

effective is CLU Security? 

Students like myself joke about 
the Segways that security use on 
duty and laugh about how many 
vehicles security owns. 

There have been many instances 
where I have questioned how safe 
our campus really is with campus 

I lived on campus over the 
summer, and for a week we 

were kicked out of Mogen for 
maintenance. Residence Life 
moved us into an on-campus 
house just a few houses down 
from the Echo office. 

My roommate and I went to 
check out the house a few days 
before we were given the keys for 
the house. 

To our surprise, the door was 
already unlocked. 

We explored the house and 
found a lot of items in the garage 
as storage. 

We left the front door wide 
open, but campus security did not 
stop to check the house when they 
were writing a parking ticket for a 
car on the street. 

Just after break, a student 
reported that she had seen beer 
cans and trash in what she had 

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thought was the Echo office. 

Echo staff investigated the 
university- owned house adjacent 
to the newspaper office where 
they noticed sleeping bags and 
beer cans littering the house and 
a wine bottle in the fridge. 

I was left questioning why 
security had not checked the 

This could become a danger 
to students on campus and the 
house itself. 

We have a small campus and 
the construction projects have 
brought more people here every 

I support our school growing, 
however, there needs to be a 
stronger security process for all 
campus visitors. 

Campus security needs to be 
patrolling the construction area 
as well as all parts of the university 
more effectively. 

Our school spent roughly $6,000 
on a Segway for our Campus 
Safety officers to patrol the 
grounds although they already 
have a golf cart and two SUVs. 

The Segway did not prove to be 
effective in helping security catch 
a car doing doughnuts in the 
parking lot. 

Four forms of patrolling is not 
necessary for a campus of our 

Security should monitor those 
coming in and out of our dorms 
and houses rather than wasting 
resources and time giving out $25 
parking tickets. 

Campus security needs to re- 
evaluate their approach. 

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February 3, 2010 


Cal Lutheran goes international Down Under 

Josh Larson 
Staff Writer 

Starting off 2010, Cal Lutheran 
baseball ventured into interna- 
tional waters to play in Australia. 

The Kingsmen spent 10 days 
and played a total of seven games 
Down Under in two different ter- 
ritories. They faced off against 
the state and national teams from 
Australia and almost broke even 
with a 3-4 record, while defeating 
the Queensland Rams state team 
as well as winning two games 
against Lismore City. 

Many of the players who went on 
the trip hadn't even stepped foot 
outside of the United States, or 
played international baseball. In 
addition, the majority of the teams 
they faced had Major and Minor 
League baseball players on them. 

"It was a ton of fun playing in 
Australia. The people were so nice 
there and we beat one of the best 
teams in Queensland, it was a sick 
game. We only beat them by one 
run and the game was packed. The 
only thing left to say is, 'cheers 

mate,"" senior Matt Martin said. 

Junior Colin Gray also had a 
good experience playing abroad. 

"It was an honor to represent my 
school and my nation on such a 
fantastic stage," he said. 

While the team wasn't playing 
baseball, they were touring the 
best of what Australia had to of- 
fer. They stayed on the Gold Coast 
and got a chance to hang out at 
Surfer's Paradise, one of the best 
surf locations in the world. 

The team also toured The Cur- 
rumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and 
saw firsthand the unique wildlife 
of Australia. Along with the op- 
portunity to see the sites of Syd- 
ney, they got to play two games 
in the world renowned Olympic 

"The best part of the trip was 
going out with the team and ex- 
periencing a new country. It was 
a whole new experience that I will 
never forget," senior Chris Hertz 

For the players who were able to 
make the trip to Australia, it was 
an experience of a lifetime. 

It is not often that baseball 
players at the college level get 
the chance to play international 
baseball. Stateside, the Kings- 
men began their 2010 season over 
the weekend in a doubleheader 
against the La Sierra University 
Golden Eagles. 

"The trip was a once in a lifetime 
experience for the majority of 
ballplayers that play at this level of 
competition," said Marty Slimak, 
head coach of the Kingsmen. 

It was great to receive first class 
accommodations, and play base- 
ball in front of the Australian 

Photo courtesy of Josh Larson 

Sightseeing: The Kingsmen got to do some exploration on their time off. 

Two shutouts highlight season opener for Kingsmen 

The Kingsmen baseball team be- 
gan its season with a two-game 
sweep over the La Sierra Golden 
Eagles on Sunday. 

They play again today at West- 
mont at 2 p.m. in another non- 
conference matchup, before the 
Alumni game on Saturday at 1 pjn. 

Senior Greg Gelber started the 
first game of the doubleheader and 

only allowed two hits while draw- 
ing four strikeouts in five innings 
of work. Cal Lutheran sent out 
nine pitchers on the day, and none 
of them allowed a single run to be 

They won the first game by a score 
of 14-0 and 18-0 was the final score 
of game two. 

Senior Jordan Ott went 4-6 in the 

two games, including two home 
runs, and recorded seven RBI. 

Coach Marty Slimak credited the 
defense with a strong performance. 

"This year we expected to see the 
defense step up and make plays to 
allow our pitchers to be comfort- 
able and provide them with a sense 
of confidence on the mound,'' he 

Saints vie for first Super Bowl win this weekend 

Andrew Parrone 
Staff Writer 

For the first time in franchise his- 
tory, the New Orleans Saints will 
play for the Vince Lombardi Tro- 
phy as they take on the Indianapo- 
lis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV this 
Sunday in Miami. 

For the first time since 1993, the 
Super Bowl pits both No. 1 seeds 
against each other. In recent years, 
the playoffs have been dominated 
by the underdogs, highlighted by 
the Giants' stunning victory over 
the undefeated Patriots two years 
ago. However, this year is all about 
the top dogs of the NFL. 



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Analysts and fans alike have been 
touting this as a potential match- 
up for months, as both teams car- 
ried unbeaten records into the 
final month of the season. Doubts 
were raised when each entered the 
playoffs on losing streaks, but both 
teams silenced the critics by punch- 
ing their tickets to the big game in 
the conference championships. 

In the AFC Championship, the 
Colts were able to weather an early 
onslaught by the New York lets, 
scoring 24 unanswered points to 
close out the game in a 30-17 vic- 
tory. Peyton Manning was spec- 
tacular in leading his team back, 
throwing for 377 yards and three 
touchdowns, carving apart the lets' 
usually staunch defense. 

The Saints were able to outlast 
Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vi- 
kings in a thrilling overtime victory, 
winning 31-28 on kicker Garrett 
Hartley's 40-yard blast New Or- 
leans was out gained by over 200 
yards by the Vikings, but was able 
to come up with five turnovers that 
proved to be the difference in the 

There is probably not a Super 
Bowl in recent memory with as 
many intriguing storylines and sub- 
plots as this one features. The most 
influential is the way that the Saints 
seem to have embodied the spirit 
and resiliency of New Orleans and 
the entire Gulf coast region, still re- 
covering from the tragedy and loss 
of Hurricane Katrina nearly five 
years ago. The Super Dome, once 
ground zero for the recovery efforts 
in the aftermath of Katrina, is now 
the home of the NFC Champions 
for the first time. 

Americans seem to have em- 

braced the Saints in their quest to 
bring a championship to New Or- 
leans. In a recent poll conducted by 
ESPN Sports Nation, 57 percent of 
people in the United States say they 
will be rooting for the Saints to win. 

Another interesting story is the 
connection between Peyton Man- 
ning and the Saints. Peyton's dad, 
Archie, played for the Saints from 
1971 to 1982, and was the heart and 
soul of that franchise. The Man- 
nings lived in New Orleans, and 
Peyton grew up cheering for his 
hometown team. It is sure to be 
an emotional day for the Manning 

Now, who holds the advantage 
come game day? The similarities 
between the two teams are numer- 
ous, especially when it comes to the 
play of their quarterbacks. Man- 
ning, who just won his fourth MVP 
award, is well on his way to becom- 
ing the greatest quarterback in NFL 
history. Another Super Bowl ring 
would further justify this distinc- 

And the Saints' Drew Brees is 
playing nearly at Manning's level, 
finishing second in MVP voting, 
and leading the league in passing 
efficiency. The game is sure to hinge 
on the play of these two superstars. 

Beyond these two, the main 
strengths of these teams lie on the 
offensive side of the balL The Colts 
boast perhaps the best wide receiv- 
ers in the league, especially due to 
the emergence of youngsters Pierre 
Garcon and Austin Collie. These 
two, plus perennial Pro Bowlers 
wide receiver Reggie Wayne and 
tight end Dallas Clark, give Man- 
ning coundess ways to exploit the 
Saints' D. 

Brees doesn't have the amount of 
star power that Manning does, but 
he does a good job of getting ev- 
eryone involved Marques Colston 
is a supersized wide receiver who 
provides the biggest matchup prob- 
lems, and multi-threat Reggie Bush 
has stepped up his play in the post- 

The Colts' defense has long been 
tagged as the weak link of the team, 
but that is not necessarily the case 
this year. The pass rush is one of the 
best in the NFL, though standout 
end Robert Mathis may be without 
running mate Dwight Freeney, who 
is questionable with torn ligaments 
in his right ankle. Indy would cer- 
tainly miss his unstoppable spin 
move and motor. 

The Saints' D is also much ma- 
ligned, but makes up for it with its 
aggressive play and tendency to 
force turnovers. Each level of the 
defense is anchored by a Pro Bowl- 
er, with defensive end Will Smith, 
linebacker Jonathan Vilma and 
safety Darren Sharper providing 
game-changing plays. 

According to ESPN polls, 59 per- 
cent of Americans believe that the 
Colts will prevail and win their 
second Super Bowl in the past four 
years. And that is ultimately what 
I think will happen, too. Though I 
am totally on the Saints' bandwagon 
and want to see New Orleans and 
Who Dat Nation celebrate amid 
their turmoil, I cannot bet against 
Manning in situations like this. 

A Saints' win would be nice, but 
what I really want is just a good 
game and commercials I can talk 
about for the rest of the week. If the 
game can live up to the hype, I'm 
sure that it will be an instant classic. 

February 3, 2010 

the Echo 

SPORTS -Page 11 

Regals score two wins in record-breaking opener 

Strong pitching on 
display at CLU in 
2010 debut 


hristine Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

The Regals softball team made 
a statement, opening the season 
with a two-game sweep against 
La Sierra University on Sunday. 

Scoring 15-2 in the first game 
and 9-1 in the second, the Regals 
have taken the first step toward a 
winning season. 

Sophomore Talia Ferrari set a 
career high and school record 
with 1 1 strikeouts in the second 
game. Senior Lizzy Chacon was 
the games winning pitcher for 
the fourth consecutive year for 
the CLU season opener. 

Since 2007, Chacon has been 
contributing to four CLU season 
openers defeating CSU East Bay, 
Pomona-Pitzer and Hope Inter- 

On Sundays game, junior 
Lizzie Novak made a 2-for-2 with 
three runs batted in (RBI) in just 
the fourth inning and a 3-for-4 
for the game. Novak lead the two 
games with a 5-for-7 with five 
RBI gaining a victorious win for 
the Regals. 

"We did a really great job in the 
two games considering we came 
across a struggle in the first few 
innings," Novak said. 

Regardless of their trials, they 
managed to defeat La Sierra with 
their morale and energy that lead 
them to astonishing win. 

LSU's Kristen Liggins had an 
RBI-triple in both games, lead- 
ing the Golden Eagles with a 1-0 
lead in the first few innings with 
no outs. Ferrari then stepped in 
to leave the runner on third base, 
striking out the next batter. 

In the first three innings, the 
CLU offense gained a two-run 
double by Novak and an RBI sin- 
gle by junior Megan Clow. 

In the first game, Clow went 
3-for-3 at the plate and helped 
Ferrari, her former high school 
teammate, set a career-high of 
strikeouts in five innings. Ferrari 
curtailed Liggins' ability to ad- 
vance to base and struck out the 
Golden Eagles time after time. 

This year's team, consisting of 
20 players, is at its largest. Gain- 
ing seven new players of trans- 
fers and freshmen, the Regals are 
excited about this season more 
than ever. 

"We got a lot of our nerves out 
and we dominated. This year's 
season is going to be much more 
exciting with 20 of us," said ju- 

Photo by Kevin Baxter - Sports Information 

Strike Queen: Sophomore Talia Ferrari struck out 1 1 batters in the second game of the Sunday doubleheader. 

nior Katy Bateman, who helped 
end the game strong with a home 
run in game two. 

"It's an amazing group of peo- 
ple with plenty of spirit and good 
competition. We're definitely ex- 
cited to start SCIAC," eight-year 
head coach Debby Day said. 

With a 20-player team being 

the biggest team she has coached 
at Cal Lutheran, this gives her 
more determination in hopes to 
win the SCIAC Championships. 
With two wins, this would 
make any team member or coach 
happy, and it only will boost their 
drive to match their successful 
opening performances in up- 

coming games. Whether they are 
struggling or not, these competi- 
tive and high energy ladies will 
stop at nothing to achieve their 

Cal Lutheran will host another 
double header against Concor- 
dia-Irvine University Saturday, 
Feb. 6, at noon. 

Kingsmen split a pair of conference games 

Fall to 2-5 in 
SCIAC play for 
the season 


manda Lovett 
Staff Writer 

Kingsmen basketball broke a 
four-game losing streak with a 
defense stronghold in Wednes- 
day night's game against Whittier, 
but was unable to pursue a win- 
ning streak with a defeat Satur- 
day night by Claremont-Mudd- 
Scripps for an 8-9 season overall. 

The 14-point lead over Ciare- 
mont broke the SCIAC losing 
streak of four games, the longest 
in program history. 

Wednesday's game netted se- 
nior Andy Meier's season high 
score of 23 points, and his first 
3-pointer put Cal Lutheran ahead 
the rest of the game. The defen- 
sive stronghold led by Kyle Knud- 
sen held SCIAC leading scorer 
Drew Menez to only eight points 
throughout the game. 

Cal Lutheran was ahead at half- 
time with a 10-point lead over 
Whittier, 34-24, thanks to a great 
layup by Jayvaughn Nettles in the 
last minute of the first half. 

Meier, Kyle Knudsen, Greg 
Grimm, Aaron Van Klaveren and 
Xavier Walton were the top scor- 
ers of Wednesday night's game 

The final score of the game was 
65-51, with the last two points 
scored by birthday boy junior 
Gregory Grimm with 22 seconds 
left in the game. 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photographer 

Tough Shot: Sophomore Xavier Walton (2) draws afoul against Whittier. 

"The highlight of my birth- 
day game was breaking our los- 
ing streak by beating Whittier," 
Grimm said. 

"The win made the decision of 
going out to celebrate my birth- 
day much easier." 

The strength of the team has 
improved dramatically since the 
start of the season. 

"As a whole, I thought the team 
played much better defensively 
and worked more as a team," 
Grimm said. 

"This team is very close on and 
off the court, and it helped during 
Wednesday night's game," 

Grimm was confident that if the 
Kingsmen played at their best, 
they should be able to steal a win 
on the road against Claremont- 

"Claremont will be a tough at- 
mosphere to play in, but I think 
if we play well, like we're capable 
of, we will win the game," said 
Grimm before the upcoming 
CMS game. "It will come down 
to taking care of the ball and de- 
fense and, of course, having fun." 

Unfortunately, defensive play- 
ing techniques were just not 
enough to defeat Ctaremont- 
Mudd-Scripps on Saturday night. 
Cal Lutheran was trailing CMS 
at the end of the first half 34-28, 
keeping less than a 10-point dif- 
ference the entire first half. 

Knudsen led the game with 19 
points, 6-for-ll. His score gave 
the Kingsmen a single point lead 
with 14 minutes left in the game 
at a score of 42-43. 

"The biggest play of the game 
for us was when Knudsen drew a 
foul on a Claremont player late in 
the game and got the basket to go 
and also converted the free throw 
to go with it, and I believe that 
put us up by one," Nettles said. 

"Then the very next defensive 
play Knudsen helped out a Kings- 
men player, and the referee called 
a jump ball and the possession ar- 
row was in our favor." 

Grimms free throw shots tied 
the game with 12 minutes left in 
the second half at 45-45. 
That tie was broken by CMS 

guard Michael Bagby with a 

A 13-point difference of 70-57 
was broken by Nettie's three- 
pointer with zero seconds left in 
the game for a final score of 70- 

"We knew it was going to be 
a battle and whoever made the 
most hustle plays was going to 
win the game, and unfortunate- 
ly they made a few more hustle 
plays than we did," Nettles said. 

"The game was hard fought by 
both teams. But what really was 
the defining factor of the game 
were rebounds. They just out- 
worked us on the boards tonight 
which led to easy points," fresh- 
man point guard Adam Kolodney 

Despite the loss, the team seems 
optimistic that they can hold 
strong for the rest of the season. 

"It was a huge game for us and 
it was a win that we really needed 
to get, but we came up short," 
Nettles said. 

"The good thing about this con- 
ference is that everyone will play 
each other again and if we can 
turn things around, we could end 
this season on a good note." 

The Kingsmen, who are tied 
with La Verne and Whittier for 
fourth place in conference, begin 
the second round of SCIAC play 
tonight at Caltech, with tip-off at 
7:30 p.m. and a home game Sat- 
urday, Feb. 6, against LaVerne at 
7:30 p.m. 

They will need to do better 
against conference opponents 
this time around to make the 

Page 12 -SPORTS 

the Echo 

February 3, 2010 

Regals take down two conference opponents 

Cal Lutheran 
remains tied for 
lead in SCIAC 


ourtney Minton 
Staff Writer 

Photo by Doug Barnett - Photo Editor 

Driving: Donielle Griggs moves up court against the Whittier defense. 

Leadership from two newcom- 
ers led the CLU Regals basket- 
ball team to a 72-55 win over the 
Whittier Poets on Thursday night 
in the Gilbert Arena. 

After a slow start by both teams, 
the first half of competition was 
dominated by junior Donielle 
Griggs who scored 13 of her 16 
points in the first half while snag- 
ging four rebounds. 

CLU is now 14-4 overall with a 
7-1 SCIAC record, keeping them 
tied for first in the conference. 
Their next SCIAC game is tomor- 
row when the Regals will play at 
Caltech at 7:30 p.m. 

The Poets' sophomore forward 
Brittany Aranda led the first half 
scoring for Whittier with a total 
of 8 points, while junior forward 
Kourtney Zilbert, who was a nui- 
sance for the Regals last season, 
had a total of four points and 
eight rebounds. 

"We have been starting slow," 
coach Roy Dow said. "It takes 
a moment or two to find the 
rhythm, but the slow starts haven't 

hurt us." 

Sophomore Meaghan Good- 
enough took it upon herself to 
recapture the lead from Whittier 
in the first half of play. With eight 
minutes left to play in the half, 
a drive to the basket by Good- 
enough put the Regals on top for 
the remainder of the game. 

Griggs' first half performance 
sent the Regals to the locker room 
with a 33-27 lead over the Poets. 

A 15-7 run for the Regals in the 
first five minutes of the second 
half of play provided an excellent 
starting point for a dominant sec- 
ond half. 

"We recognized what we weren't 
doing in the first half' freshman 
guard Erica Whitley said. 

"It helped us get in the mode to 
pick things up and we came out 
with more intensity." 

Whitley led the Regals with 19 
points and three steals in the sec- 
ond half, while making four bas- 
kets beyond the three-point arc. 

Whitley scored a total of 27 
points on the night, a record num- 
ber of points scored by any Regal 
in Gilbert Arena. She also added 
five steals and five rebounds to 
her game totals. 

The focus of the game for the 
Regals was to work on "moving 
the ball a lot," Whitley said. 

The Regals did just that as Good- 
enough led the team with four as- 

sists while adding six points on 
the night. 

In preparation for the game ver- 
sus Whittier and the following 
game against Claremont-Mudd- 
Scripps, Coach Dow said that the 
team simply needs to "focus on 
themselves and continue to work 
hard and play hard." 

Whitley's strong play continued 
into Saturday night's game against 
CMS, scoring 21 points with nine 


rebounds and five steals en route 
to a Regals' 62-51 victory over the 
CMS Athenas. Griggs added 13 
points to the score in her 27 min- 
utes of action. 

In these two contests, Whitley 
mentioned that a specific thing 
they needed to work on as a team 
are "defense and screening." 

The Regals defense forced 24 
Whittier turnovers on Thursday 
and 17 turnovers in Saturday's 
game against CMS. 

Next, the Regals face the La 
Verne Leopards, this Saturday at 
5:00 pm in the Gilbert Arena. 

Despite strong effort, CLU can't beat CMS' numbers 

team drops SCIAC 
match at home 

Sasha Voinovich 
Staff Writer 

The Kingsmen and Regals of 
CLU have been dominant in the 
pool this season, but could not 
finish on top over Claremont- 
Mudd-Scripps this past Satur- 

The undefeated Stags have 38 
members on their team, while 
the Kingsmen number only 11. 
The Regals swim team was out- 
numbered 20 to 30, so for both 
teams, being able to compete was 
hampered by a lack of bodies. 

The men's team had three wins. 
Freshman Will Kennedy placed 
first in the 50-yard freestyle with 
a time of 22.17, and was also 


able to snatch third place in the 
100-yard freestyle with a time of 

Sophomore Grant East won the 
100-yard freestyle with a time of 
48.72. He fought offCosetino of 
CMS, who finished with a time 
of 48. 84 seconds. 

Another CLU freshman Kyle 
Eckhart took the top spot in the 
100-yard butterfly, finishing in 
54.13 seconds. 

During the 200-yard medley, 
CLU was in third place, un- 
til Kennedy dove in and split 
a 21.31 to pull ahead of Sean 
Fitzgerald, CMS, 22.43 to take 
second overall. 

The final results put Clare- 
mont-Mudd-Scripps ahead with 
151 points to Cal Lutheran's 65 

Head coach Tom Dodd said 
that he is really depending on 
junior Jordan Liebhardt and 
sophomores Gannon Smith and 
Quinn Smith to take the team to 
the next level. 

"We are such a small team, " Q. 
Smith said. "Most of the other 
schools have more depth than 

Although the men did not 
come out on top, Dodd was hap- 
py with his team's performance 
on Saturday. 

"We were realty swimming 
fast," he said, "the men's team is 
so small, and we are depending 
on all of them to put up their 
best times," he said. 

The women's team has been 
very competitive this year, only 
recording one loss to University 
of Redlands prior to this past 

However, the Athenas of Cla- 
remont-Mudd-Scripps defeated 
the Regals in a score of 174-65 

The 100-yard freestyle was a 
close race with freshman Court- 

ney Downing placing second 
with a time of 56.66 seconds, 
right behind Olivia Graham of 
CMS who won the event with a 
time of 56.59 seconds. 

Junior Kelly How Tarn Fat 
( 1 :09.60) and senior Lauren 
Dakin (1:10.55) also captured a 
second and third place finish in 
the 100-yard backstroke for the 

The only CLU diver to place on 
Saturday was freshman Maisie 

Johnson who grabbed third in 
both the one-meter and three- 
meter events. 

Sophomore Lindsay Nolan was 
the only Regal to secure a first 
place in her event. Nolan took 
the 50-free in 25.25 seconds 
beating Emma Jones of CMS 
(25:31). CLU sophomore Cait- 
lyn Melillo finished the event 
with a time of 26.16 seconds to 
take third. 

"We have a really strong team 

this year, [but as far as num- 
bers of players], we are just not 
a football team like some other 
schools," Dodd said. 

Next weekend, the Kingsmen 
and Regals will host Whittier at 
the Samuelson Aquatic Center 
on Saturday, Feb. 6. 

This will to be their last meet 
before the SCIAC Champion- 
ships, which will take place at 
the Long Beach Olympic Plaza 
beginning on Thursday, Feb. 21. 

Photo by Scott Chisholm - Sports Information 

Flying Away: Freshman Kyle Eckhart came away with first place in the 100-yard fly on Saturday 

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Jamba Juice to blend 
in on CLU's campus 

Photo by Malt Michaels - SlaJJ ['liolugniplw 

Coming Together: The new Swenson Center for Academic Excellence is beginning to take shape as the framing 
nears completion. The building is expected to open in time for the start of the Fall 2010 semester. 

Swenson building shows progress 

Jakie Rodriguez 
Staff Writer 

Incoming students and faculty 
will not be the only new sights 
around campus next fall when 
the Swenson Center for Academ- 
ic Excellence is expected to open. 

The Swenson Center is Califor- 
nia Lutheran University's newest 
building and will house the so- 
cial and behavioral sciences. 

"The Administration's vision 
for the Swenson Center grew 
from the growing realization in 
2007 that social and behavioral 
sciences programs needed new 
and additional space to continue 
their growth and develop their 
academic programs," said Val- 

erie Crooks, senior project man- 

The new building will include 
classrooms and computer labs on 
the ground floor and offices for 
the faculty members on the sec- 
ond floor, she said. 

In addition to the new class- 
rooms, there will be a psychology 
lab, which is just what some psy- 
chology students feel they need. 

The lab is something "the psy- 
chology department needs be- 
cause students can utilize it to 
do experiments," junior Lucy 
Cancino said. 

Another feature of the new 
building is that it will be the first 
U.S. Green Building Council 
Leadership in Energy and Envi- 

ronmental Design (LEED) certi- 
fied building on campus. 

"The LEED certification in- 
volves enhanced energy man- 
agement systems, water use re- 
duction and a focus on indoor 
air quality and building systems 
commissioning," Crooks said. 

The new LEED center will not 
only be environmentally friendly 
but will also be budget friendly 
as operating costs will be low- 

Construction on the new build- 
ing has been steady since the 
ground-breaking in June 2009. 

The recent wet weather initially 
delayed the projects for about 
two weeks, but the contractors 
[See SWENSON, Page 3] 


reanna Woodhouse 
Staff Writer 

Jamba Juice smoothies will be 
part of the CLU campus by fall 
semester 2010, delivering favor- 
ites such as Razzmatazz, Mango- 
a-go-go, Caribbean Passion and 
Strawberries Wild. 

With Jamba Juice coming to 
campus, it will be the first food 
franchise at California Lutheran 
University, with CLU being the 
smallest college in the country to 
have one. 

"Jamba Juice will provide a 
healthy brand name product line 
on campus, an industry leader 
recognized by faculty, staff and 
students alike," Daniel Slattery, 
director of Auxilary Services 
said. "Students will have the op- 
portunity to utilize it either on 
a meal equivalency basis for a 
quick on-the-run meal option or 
pay cash for a non-meal period 
healthy snack. The Jamba Juice 
brand was identified by a CLU 
student focus group as their No. 1 
choice branded concept to bring 
to campus." 

Jamba Juice is planned to be 
installed in the a la Carte once 
approval is granted by Thousand 
Oaks and Ventura County food 
and health services. 

Many students were unaware 
Jamba Juice was coming to cam- 

"I had no idea we were getting 
a Jamba Juice. I thought only big 
schools got that," junior Sylvia 
Montano said. 

Originally, Jamba Juice was 
planned to be located in the Stu- 
dent Union Building. 

After looking at the require- 

ments for having Jamba Juice in 
the SUB, the permit would have 
required extensive work to be 
done to the building. 

"The SUB holds offices and 
many students are using it as a 
place to study more and more. 
Ihe machines used to make the 
drinks are noisy so we decided 
to change the location to the a la 
Carte," said William Rosser, vice 
president for Student Affairs and 
dean of students. 

Since the a la Carete will be re- 
placed by Jamba Juice, options 
for a new a la Carte are still in 

"We still want to retain the 
function and product availability 
of the a la Carte," Rosser said. 

One option discussed was hav- 
ing a semi-permanent location. 
That way it could be used for big 
events like Homecoming, sports 
games or other events where peo- 
ple could buy food and drinks. 

As a result, it would have a multi 
functional purpose, Rosser said. 

Some students expressed con- 
cern for the replacement of the a 
la Carte. 

"We're replacing an area where 
we can get food during a day full 
of classes with smoothie fruit 

[See JAMBA, Page 3] 

New semester means new germs and sicknesses 

Jesse Knutson 
Staff Writer 

You may have noticed there 
have been a lot of people cough- 
ing and sneezing around you. It 
is hard to escape the "CLU Cold" 
at this time of year. 

"I've had multiple colds since 
the start of the semester," sopho- 
more Anna Meyer said. "I had a 
normal cold after coming back 
from break, then right when it 
was gone I woke up one morning 

with a horrible sore throat." 

California Lutheran University 
Health Services explained that 
when students go home for break, 
they travel to different parts of 
the country and pick up different 
strains of the cold virus. 

When they return to CLU, they 
bring back these strains with 
them, causing some people to 
catch multiple colds. 

"I thought I had a cold, and af- 
ter Howl at the Moon I could re- 
ally feel it," junior Molly Nowels 

said. Nowels attributed the sing- 
ing and lack of sleep to her dis- 
comfort during her cold. 

For those who are sick, Health 
Services suggests you "get lots 
of sleep, take good care of your 
body and eat healthy." 

If you're not sick, Health Servic- 
es suggests washing your hands 
often, bringing hand sanitizer 
with you or using the hand sani- 
tizer provided around campus 
and getting plenty of sleep. 

[See CLU COLD, Page 3] 

Flu and cold season arrive at CLU 

Health Services is advising students to take extra precautions to 
reduce the spread of germs. 

In the month of January, 
Health Services treated three 
cases of the flu and eight cold 

Health Services usually 
doesn't see an increase in the 
number of cold cases until the 
second and third weeks of the 

semester, according to Kerri 
Lauchner, director of Health 

During the first week of 
February — the third week 
of the semester — there was 
an increase in reported cases, 
Lauchner said. 

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South Hall floods again 

From Staff Reports 

Wet weather continues to cause 
problems for residential students 
at CLU. 

At 1 a.m. Saturday, water started 
bubbling up through the carpet in 
Room 9104 of South Hall. 

Residents were evacuated to a 
local hotel where they spent the 
night and were moved back on 
campus Sunday. 

"This weekend was a heavy 
homework weekend," sophomore 
Teresa Banderian said. "I couldn't 
do anything. All my books were 
still in my room, and they didn't 
want to let us back into our room." 

Currently Kelsey Blassingame, 
Hay Mun Win and Banderian are 

living in a campus house on Lu- 
ther Street. 

This recent flooding in 9104 
happened less than a week after 
Facilities workers believed they 
fixed the problem, according to 

The first incident happened on 
Ian. 27, and they were not allowed 
to move back into their room until 
Feb. 3. 

Facilities officials said it is a 
problem with the foundation, ac- 
cording to sophomore Michael 
Zavala, a resident assistant in 

For in-depth coverage of the 
flooding in South Hall, look for 
the Feb. 24 edition of the Echo. 

Obama proposes help 
paying for college loans 


enrik Gjertsen 
Staff Writer 

At the State of the Union Ad- 
dress on Jan. 27, President 
Barack Obama announced his 
plan to create more opportu- 
nities for students in financial 
need at colleges and universi- 

The president believes educa- 
tion is the primary basis for the 
American people to reach their 
potential and expand their skills 
to where they need to be. 

With these changes, a student 
would only have to give 10 per- 
cent of his or her income to stu- 
dent loans, and the student loan 
debt would be erased after 20 

The student loan debt would 
also be forgiven after 10 years 
if they chose a career in public 

Assistant professor of political 
science at CLU, Jose Marichal, 
believes that these changes in 
student loans can make a dif- 
ference and make college more 

"The past two decades, states 
have cut back on student loan 
budget so this bill should help 
students all over the country 
with educational funds," Mar- 
ichal said. 

"It also sends a message to 
Congress for long-term issues 
like health care. Obama is wor- 
ried about spending, jobs and 
education. The conversation has 
been changed; it is not all about 
health care. It is a cooling-off 
period but it keeps momentum 

In the current situation, all the 
money that is provided by tax- 
payers for students is in the con- 
trol of private banks. 

Obama's plan calls for an end 
to the existing state of affairs 
where those private banks are 
making profits on taxpayer's 


The Federal Family Educa- 
tion Loan Program (FFELP) has 
for many years been one of the 
main providers of educational 
funds in the U.S., but now their 
time might come to an end. 

In his speech, Obama held that 
the FFELP has not been effec- 
tive as an educational program 
and that money which belongs 
to the American people is being 

With an exit of the FFELP pro- 
gram, the Direct Loan program 
would act as its replacement. 

The Pell Grant, which as- 
sists students in financial need, 
would become a larger program 
and have a bigger influence in 
students' aid packages. 

"The idea is to eliminate the 
FFELP program and at the same 
time using the Direct Loan pro- 
gram more, and increase the Pell 
Grant money pool," said Amy 
Landes, financial aid counselor. 

This proposed bill would open 
many doors for students who 
have difficulties surviving eco- 
nomically in colleges or univer- 

It also provides an opportu- 
nity for struggling people with- 
out education, when the money 
problem wouldn't be as big of a 
hindrance as it currently is. 

"It is great idea and a great first 
step. Student loans will become 
more accessible to people who 
are less fortunate," said senior 
Grant Berg, political science 

"In other countries, the cost of 
education is far lower. Access to 
education should be fundamen- 
tally open to any student." 

Even though many students 
are hopeful and excited for 
Obama's plan, it is still some 
time away from being realized. 

Issues like health care are still 
on the top of the president's 

Photo courtesy of Karin Grennan- Media Relations 

One Voice: From left to right: Nadine Roden, Joel Rene, Alana Simone and Nicole Pryor performed songs from 
different black female artists last week. 

Women share stories through music 


lyssa Harris 
Staff Writer 

From singing songs in cotton 
fields to today where their voices 
resound on stages around the 
world, the story of black women 
in music has engraved itself in 

On Feb. 4, the Multicultural 
Department at California Lu- 
theran University hosted "Our 
Voice: A Celebration of Black 
Women in Music." 

The event took place in the 
Preus-Brandt Forum and took 
the audience through the his- 
tory of black women in music 
by performing songs that were 
originally performed by black 
women from the past and pres- 

This event was not only ad- 
vertised to the faculty, staff and 
students of CLU, but also to the 
community around the univer- 

The Multicultural Depart- 
ment felt it was important to not 
only share this event with direct 
members of the university but 
also to citizens around us. 

"We have a lot of community 
people coming; the people that 
are involved in the event have 
made their careers in theater. It 

will present CLU in a positive 
light within the community," 
said Dr. Juanita Hall, senior di- 
rector of Multicultural and In- 
ternational Programs and the 
assistant to the president for di- 

According to the CLU Web site, 
"The performers in this event are 
current and former cast mem- 
bers of Broadway's "The Phan- 
tom of the Opera," "Mamma 
Mia" and Disney's "The Festival 
of The Lion King." These women 
performed songs such as "Natu- 
ral Woman" by Aretha Franklin, 
"Never Give Up" by Yolanda Ad- 
ams and "Survivor" by Destiny's 
Child. The songs were executed 
in the style that the original per- 
formers presented them in. 

The women who made up the 
cast performed songs that were 
popular during the 1950s and 
1960s when segregation of white 
and black Americans was the 
most prominent in the United 

The songs they performed re- 
flected the attitudes and mes- 
sages of hope that the people of 
that time were feeling. 

"The part that I enjoyed the 
most about performing in this 
event was when the audience 
started to sing along with us 

while we were singing 'We Shall 
Overcome.' It gave me the chills 
and I started to get choked up," 
singer Nadine Roden said. 

"Our Voice" took place in Feb- 
ruary, which is recognized as 
Black History Month, where we 
remember African-Americans 
in history who have made a dif- 
ference such as Rosa Parks and 
Martin Luther King Jr. 

These people, along with the 
black female singers throughout 
history, have all made an impact 
that has made the future bright- 
er for black people today. 

"This event is an entertain- 
ing way to hear our history in a 
positive and inspiring way. The 
month isn't just about the histo- 
ry, but it's about accessing where 
we are and where we want to go 
and being inspired by the ones 
who came before us to do more," 
Hall said. 

Audience members responded 
to the event by singing and clap- 
ping along with songs that were 
being performed, as they took a 
journey through the history of 
black women in music. 

"Our school is still working on 
diversity, and to get a turnout so 
large for this event is very prom- 
ising," said English and Theater 
major Diane Machin." 



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Students pay it forward with music 

Jenny Guy 
Staff Writer 

A new Honors Quartet has been 
formed at CLU, consisting of four 
exceptional student-musicians, 
all of whom are Presidential 
Scholars or have music scholar- 

Beyond the title of musicians, 
another term has been used to 
describe this group: ambassa- 

The Honors Quartet was 
formed at the beginning of this 
academic year by the chairman of 
California Lutheran University's 
music department Dan Geeting, 
as a way to be a physical presence 
within CLU's neighboring com- 

"I've always thought that if we 
could just get the student body 
out into the community, it would 
completely change the way peo- 
ple view our university," Geeting 
said. "That's exactly what we're 
doing on a musical level." 

The four instrumentalists in- 
clude Clark Crane, a clarinetist, 
David Mason, a cello player, Re- 
becca Cardone, who plays viola, 
and Bradley Boelman, a violin 

The group mainly plays a style 
of music known as chamber mu- 

sic. According to, 
chamber music can be described 
as a form of classical music that is 
written for a small instrumental 

The string quartet has been de- 
scribed as one of the most famil- 
iar forms of chamber music and 
was largely developed in the 18th 
century to be played in palace 

"It's been a learning experience 
for me because, as a woodwind 
player, I don't get much of an op- 
portunity to play with strings in 
smaller chamber groups: it's been 
a lot of fun," Crane said. 

For Crane, performing at vari- 
ous functions in the community 
is one of the best ways he feels 
CLU can be represented in a posi- 
tive light. 

Crane describes the quartet's 
role as CLU's ambassadors, "as a 
way to reach out, serve the com- 
munity and communicate what's 
happening here through music." 

For Mason, who has been prac- 
ticing the cello since sixth grade, 
not being a part of this group 
wasn't a question he had to think 
twice about. 

"I love chamber music and be- 
ing given an opportunity to play 
with talented musicians, such as 
these. I couldn't it turn down," he 

said. "Plus, it's a good opportu- 
nity to expand the music depart- 
ment at CLU, so I'm all for it." 

But, with classes, schoolwork, 
practice, performing and serv- 
ing as representatives for their 
university, this group of talented 
students definitely has their work 
cut out for them. 

"It's a pretty big time commit- 
ment, especially because we are 
all really involved both on and 
off campus. Scheduling rehearsal 
times is always a challenge. How- 
ever, I love music, and I will take 
any opportunity I can to share 
it," Cardone said. 

Cardone describes their per- 
formances as a "pay-it-forward" 
type of effort, where they are able 
to share their gifts with the com- 
munity as an appreciation for all 
the opportunities they've had as 
CLU students. 

"Even though CLU is compara- 
tively small, we try to make a big 
splash," Cardone said. 

Geeting explained that he has 
hopes to expand this project and, 
"become the instrumental coun- 
terparts to existing CLU musical 
ensembles, like the vocal group 
the Kingsmen Quartet." 

The Honors Quartet's next per- 
formance will be at CLU's Hon- 
ors Day on Feb. 19. 

CERF making waves; Watkins 
says 'California likely to default' 


annon Smith 
Staff Writer 

On Dec. 14 of last year, Bill Wat- 
kins, executive director for the 
Center for Economic Research 
and Forecasting (CERF) at CLU, 
published an article to open the 
eyes of California politicians in 
control of the state's budget. 

Anyone who has kept up with 
the current Great Recession 
knows that the financial affairs 
of California are bad, if not hor- 

California has plunged itself 
into a huge debt and the budget 
for this fiscal year will add an ad- 
ditional $21 billion of red ink. 

The article covers the short- 
comings of the state budget, the 
possibility of California having 
to default on its debt, and a plan 
to minimize the damage if the 
state does default. 

After the article was released 
on, the state 
Treasurer's Office immediately 
sent out two press releases, both 
trying to discount Watkins' ar- 

It was then the Los Angeles 
Times picked up the story giving 
the article state and national at- 

"In my opinion, California is 
now more likely to default than 
it is to not default. It is not a cer- 
tainty, but it is a possibility that is 
increasingly likely," Watkins said 
in the article. 

If California were to default, it 
would mean that it is unable to 

pay off its bonds, and would issue 
vouchers to banks, who would 
then hopefully honor them, turn- 
ing them into cash for employees' 

California has defaulted twice 
in the past. 

In the most recent default, 
Wells Fargo refused to honor the 
vouchers, forcing the govern- 
ment to find other banks to pay 

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In my 



is now more 

Likely to 

default than 

it is to not default. It is 

not a certainty but it is a 

possibility that is 

increasingly likely." 

- Bill Watkins 

Executive Director, 

Center for Economic Research 

and Forecasting 

their employees. 

However, the state of California 
is not alone in this issue. 

Illinois and many other coun- 
tries around the world are expe- 
riencing the same problem. 

Ultimately this will "precipitate 
another financial crisis," Watkins 

That is why Watkins refuses to 
back down from his stance. 

Online at the CERF Web site, 
his biography says that he is a, 
"plain-spoken, no-holds-barred 
economist who studies the data 

and tells it like it is." 

Even after the state Treasurer's 
Office tried to discredit him, he 
stood firm with his forecasts. 

Not only did Watkins address 
the fiscal crisis imminent in Cali- 
fornia's future, but he also offered 
a plan to "minimize the financial/ 
economic impact" that would oc- 
cur if the state defaulted. 

Watkins wants legislators in 
Sacramento to obtain the aid 
of the federal government, and 
of the Federal Reserve Bank of- 
ficials, in order to draft a "coor- 
dinated plan to limit damage to 
financial markets." 

Watkins and his team, Dan 
Hamilton, Charles T. Maxey 
and Kirk Lash, work out of 
the Pioneer House across the 
street from Peters Hall, where 
they provide quarterly finan- 
cial forecasts for the United 
States, California and Oregon. 
They prepare an annual fore- 
cast for Ventura County and of- 
fer custom forecasts for nonprofit 
groups and government agencies. 

In addition, they provide a 
master's degree in science and 
economics program for CLU stu- 

Looking to the future, Watkins 
maintains that the financial out- 
look in California is "grim." 

"Our unemployment rate is 20 
percent higher than the national 
average, and our domestic migra- 
tion is negative," Watkins said. 
"It is like a dying canary in a coal 
mine. Something is wrong in 

Framing near completion 

[SWENSON, from Page 1] 

now have the project back on 

schedule, Crooks said. 

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offices." For some stu- 

dents, though, 
Kaci Cooper completion 
Senior cannot come 
soon enough. 
"The faster it gets done, the 

sooner social science professors 
will be able to get out of those 
sad, little portable offices," se- 
nior Kaci Cooper said. 

In addition, to aiding the pro- 
fessors, some students feel that 
the program, itself, will benefit. 

"The Swenson building will 
help to expand the social and 
behavioral sciences program," 
Cooper said. 

For people interested in keep- 
ing up with the progress of the 
building they can log onto the 
CLU Web site and watch a live 
camera that overlooks all con- 


For more information 

Making a smooth splash 

[JAMBA, from Page I] 
drinks?" senior Ryan Capriccio 

The decisions made by both 
CLU and Sodexo are made in 
such a way to ensure that food 
services work in a variety of dif- 
ferent ways. 

"Our planning for a new dining 
hall helps to inform continuing 
strategic discussions concern- 
ing the overall dining program 
and where the Centrum, the new 
Jamba, the a la Carte, a potential 
Cafe/Coffee House and Mogen 
Market fit into the equation," 
Slattery said. "Each entity can't 
stand alone in its development 
but needs to be part of an strategy 
that makes sense fiscally and con- 
ceptually and grows in sync with 
the campus." 

Sodexo, which is responsible for 
food services at CLU, has a con- 
tract with both CLU and Pepper- 
dine University. The Jamba Juice 

idea and installation was first 
brought to Pepperdine. However, 
with Sodexo's accounts at both 
CLU and Pepperdine, CLU was 
able to gain access to Jamba Juice 
as well. 

"Given [Jamba Juice's] interest 
in Pepperdine and their interest in 
placing a Jamba Juice unit at that 
site, Sodexo lobbied on our behalf 
to have one sited here as well even 
though we didn't exactly "fit the 
formula." Utilizing that leverage 
didn't hurt," Slattery said. 

By purchasing Jamba Juice on a 
meal plan, bonus points and other 
options, the school will have to 
subsidize the costs in order to 
promise revenue for Jamba Juice. 

"I look forward to having a 
Jamba Juice on campus," junior 
Kristin White said. "It definitely 
beats having to drive all the way 
down Moorpark to get one and if 
you can use it as a meal plan then 
that's a plus." 

Too common 'CLU Cold' 

[CLU COLD, from Page 1] 

The Centers for Disease Con- 
trol suggests that a low-tech way 
of keeping bacteria and germ 
free is washing your hands with 
soap and hot water for 18 to 20 
seconds as frequently as you can 

When you are sick, Health Ser- 
vice suggests sneezing or cough- 
ing into the inside of your elbow 
to help prevent the spread of 

Many people sneeze or cough 
into their hands, but that proves 
to be ineffective when we shake 
hands, or just touch things such 
as doorknobs or keyboards with 
our hands. 

According to a study conducted 
by the University of Arizona, an 
office toilet seat had 49 germs 
per square inch. They found 
that some things are much dirt- 
ier than a toilet seat, including 
a desktop keyboard, containing 
21,000 germs per square inch, 
and more than 25,000 germs per 
square inch on a cell phone. 

A suggestion from Health Ser- 
vices is to wipe down your own 
personal keyboard, or if going 
into the library to use a com- 
puter, wiping down the keyboard 
before use with an antibacterial 
wipe. As for your phone, many 
people own touch-screen phones, 
such as the iPhone, so along 
with germs from your mouth, 
you have germs that come from 
your hands. Germs enter your 
immune system fastest through 
your mouth, so when you put it 
up to your mouth to talk to who- 
ever's on the other end, you're 
very likely letting germs into 
your body. 

Although the "CLU Cold" hap- 
pens every year, there are many 
steps you can take to avoid it, 
or get rid of it when you have it. 
Wash your hands, cover when 
coughing and sleep. Instead of 
procrastinating late into the 
night to finish an essay for your 
class, finish it ahead of time and 
get a sufficient amount of sleep to 
stay healthy. 

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Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill presents 
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February 13, 2010 @ 10 p.m. 

Come dressed as your favorite God or Goddess of Love 

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Slip and dip into artist Janet Neuwalder's 'Exquisite Play' 


ess a Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

The Kwan Fong Gallery con- 
sistently has showcased inno- 
vative and intriguing works by 
both emerging and established 
multicultural artists. 

This month, Janet Neuwalder 
is exhibiting her ceramic col- 
lection, which she refers to as 
"contemporary fossils," titled 
"Exquisite Play." 

"I call my works 'contempo- 
rary fossils' because they look 
like what they once were," Neu- 
walder said. 

Indeed, the ceramicist is poetic 
both in her creation process and 
in the way she talks about it. 

Originally from the East Coast, 
Neuwalder attended the Kansas 
City Art Institute in Kansas City, 
Mo., because of its outstanding 
ceramics program. Recognizing 
her own talent, she created her 
first exhibition prior to gradua- 
tion in 1981. 

With a M.F.A. from Cranbrook 
Academy of Art in Michigan, 
Neuwalder moved to California 
in the early 1990s to become a 
professor at California State 
University, Long Beach. 

Neuwalder's artistic talent was 
brought to the attention of Mi- 
chael Pearce, chair of the Art 
Department at California Lu- 
theran University, when he was 

Feats of Clay: "Exquisite Play" uses a special clay to push the boundaries of contemporary art in Kwon Fong. 

visiting her collaborative exhibi- 
tion in Glendale. 

"Janet is not your everyday ce- 
ramicist," Pearce said. 

The meticulous and refreshing 
quality of her work compel led 
Pearce to introduce it to the gal- 

"Her work is a cabinet of curi- 
osity. When I look at it, I wonder 
what the underlying narrative is 
and how it was made" he said. 

In "Exquisite Play," Neuwalder 

employs natural and industrial 
materials such as leaves, paper, 
cloth and fibers. Dipping them 
in liquid clay, she shapes them 
into objects in a process called 
"slip and dip." 

In the kiln, the materials burn 
out as clay takes over their 
forms, producing authentic re- 
sults. Some pieces are coated 
with a layer of glaze, which helps 
them gain a sleek surface and a 
hint of color after the second fir- 


"Her medium [clay] has been 
tied to a history of utilitarian 
and functional work, but she 
is pushing boundaries to bring 
together ceramics, design and 
installation as well as histori- 
cal and contemporary cultures," 
said Christine Morla, chair of 
the Oxnard College Art Depart- 

Currently displayed in the 
Kwan Fong Gallery, "Filtra- 

tion" represents strokes of Neu- 
walder's professional history. 
"It incorporates some of my fa- 
vorite sculptures in the past 15 
years," she said. 

"Fragmentation," a horizontal 
alignment of earthy, textured 
objects, has been an on-going 
project for six years. The more 
recent "Line Drawing" uses 
brightly-colored paint, nails 
and twisted strip-like shapes to 
weave a scattered but intertwin- 
ing canvas. 

"Janet is not just a ceramicist; 
she's also an installation artist. 
Her work replicates nature in a 
sense," said Carol Shaw-Sutton, 
a former colleague at California 
State University, Long Beach, 
and friend of 18 years. 

In between work in her Ven- 
tura studio and mothering two 
children, she still manages to 
pursue her teaching career at 
Oxnard College, lecturing on 
ceramics and sculpture. 

"Janet does a great job balanc- 
ing being an artist, a mother, a 
wife, a teacher and a contributor 
to the community," Shaw-Sutton 

At present, Neuwalder is co- 
ordinating a 600-participant 
fundraiser for the art club at her 
children's school, and a project 
at Oxnard College, where sculp- 
ture students help to build a 
community's monument. 

Phonathon raises enough 
money to set school records 


ourtney Minton 
Staff Writer 

Twelve weeks and over 20,000 
phone calls helped the annual 
Fall Phonathon at CLU break 
another record. 

Phone calls made to CLU 
alumni, parents and friends by 
CLU students raised $167,767, 
surpassing the goal of $100,000 
and smashing the previous 
phonathon's record-breaking 
totals by $45,916. 

Money raised from the pho- 
nathon is put into CLU's Annual 

The cost of tuition at CLU only 
covers 85 percent of what it ac- 
tually costs to educate a student 

For the Record 

In the Feb. 3 edition of the 
Echo, the article titled "Raising 
awareness: World AIDS Day at 
CLU" was incorrectly sourced; 
the staff writer was Lauren 
Pupolo, not Nessa Nguyen. 

In the same issue, the informa- 
tion box for the He Said/She 
Said article should have read: 
"To submit a story idea, send 
an e-mail to echog>callutheran. 

and the Annual Fund bridges 
that 1 5 percent gap. 

Even with the current econom- 
ic crisis, donors stepped up and 
gave generously. 

"I think that this is really a re- 
flection of the pride our donors 
have in CLU. People want to 
make a difference, and giving to 
the Annual Fund makes a huge 
and immediate impact for cur- 
rent and future students," said 
Laura Mason, assistant director 
of the Annual Fund. 

Eighty percent of the money 
from the Annual Fund goes to 
support financial assistance, 
without which many students 
would not be able to attend CLU. 

Money given to the Annual 
Fund is used in the year it is 
given and has an immediate im- 

The Annual Fund provides 
money for academic and co- 
curricular programming, study 
abroad programs, faculty and 
staff, as well as classroom sup- 
plies and Internet hookups in 
the dorms. 

Students are hired for the pho- 
nathon by "applying through the 
student employment Web site, 
or responding to one of our fli- 
ers or posters. These students 
are interviewed, 

[See PHONATHON, Page 7] 

Spiffbox: 'It pays to be social' 

Jorge Martinez 
Staff Writer 

Spiffbox is a social network 
that pays its users for activity 
on the site. 

Now, you can make some 
money by doing simple activi- 
ties and devoting time to a new 
form of social networking. 

Spiffbox is on the rise and may 
be the next big hit on the Inter- 

This new social networking 
site contains the same type of 
features as other social net- 
works such as obtaining friends, 
e-mails, chats, sharing photos 
and updates. 

This new Web site integrates 
all three social networks on one 

There is a Facebook applica- 
tion that actually allows you to 
use feeds from Facebook. 

Users can also post feeds from 
Twitter, which are easily trans- 
ferred to Spiffbox. 

To make money on Spiffbox 
users must respond to e-mails, 
chats, friend invites and share 

Every time one of these ac- 
tions is performed, the user re- 
ceives points. 

The points earned are then re- 
deemable for U.S. dollars. 

Each point is worth a penny. 
After reaching the 2,000 point 

($20) mark, the user begins to 
make real money and can re- 
deem their money in the form 
of a check. 

Junior Sam Lyche is a frequent 
Spiffbox user who expressed 
the great qualities that this new 
network offers. 

"I think it's a great new net- 
working tool," Lyche said. "I 
know a few people who have 
made money just from us- 
ing the site like you would any 
other networking site. That's a 
pretty cool feature. The way it 
connects different people is re- 
ally innovative." 

Some people are worried 
about putting too much infor- 
mation about themselves on the 
Internet these days. 

Spiffbox promotes that it is 
more private than most social 

The sit promises to keep users' 
private information safe. 

One good example of Spiff- 
box's extended privacy is that 
Spiffbox does not share your 
friend list with other friends or 

Some CLU students who have 

already begun to use the net- 
work seem to really like it. 

Sophomore, Morgan Sch- 
neekluth had positive things to 
say about Spiffbox. 

"Honestly, at first I was skep- 
tical if it was a legitimate Web 
site, but within a month and 
a half of being a member I re- 
ceived my check for $20. Most 
people frequently check their 
Facebook during the day; you 
might as well get paid to be on 
it. You don't even have to leave 
Facebook to go to the Spiffbox 
page since there is an applica- 
tion that links right to it," Sch- 
neekluth said. 

There are only a couple of 
simple rules for Spiffbox. No 
nudity, no adult or inappro- 
priate content, members must 
be at least 18 years of age and 
checks can only be sent to U.S. 

CLU student, Jordan Barta 
is the director of marketing at 
Spiffbox. "Spiffbox is a new site 
to meet new people and ask ad- 
vice," Barta said. "There is a lot 
to benefit from and you won't 
know until you check it out." 

Page 6 - FEATURES 

the Echo 

February 10, 2010 

100 Days Party leaves seniors feeling nostalgic 

Seniors share bittersweet moment with peers as they look toward the future 

Lauren Pupolo 
Staff Writer 

On Thursday, Feb. 4, seniors 
gathered at Sunset Hills Country 
Club in Thousand Oaks, to cel- 
ebrate their last 100 days prior 
to graduation. This special event 
was hosted by Cal Lutheran's 
own Alumni Relations. 

Seniors started arriving at 8 
p.m. and everyone at the event 
was dressed in their best cock- 
tail attire. The room was dimly 
lit, with a bar, dance floor and 

Later, speeches were made by 
Senior Pride Committee mem- 
bers Ben Hogue and Casey 
Kloehn, Assistant Director of 
Alumni and Parent Relations 
Lana Clark and Vice President 
of Alumni Board of Directors 
Jeremy Hofer. 

The speakers toasted the se- 
niors, commending them on 
their accomplishments and 

wishing them luck on their 
journey as future Cal Lutheran 

Cal Lutheran alumna Lana 
Clark coordinated the 100 Days 

"Our office [alumni relations] 
sponsors the event because we 
want to welcome the seniors 
into the alumni association. We 
want to give them a small taste 
of what they can expect when 
they graduate joining the alum- 
ni group," Clark said. 

"It's a celebration of the time 
and commitment that the se- 
niors put in to get to gradua- 
tion, alumni relations just really 
wants to commend the seniors 
for that " 

Kevin Holt, Presidential Host 
coordinator and senior Pro- 
grams Board representative, 
described the event as "classy" 
and was thankful to Alumni Re- 
lations for putting on the event. 

Events such as the 100 Days 

Cheers: Stacey Gross, Elise Salmon and Sarah Burgess raise their glasses. 

Party cause students to think 
ahead toward post-graduation 
life while giving them time to re- 

The Fashion Plate: a Healthy Serving Each Week 
Forget-me-nots, cupcakes and sweet deals 

red and pink and heart-shaped ob- 

Valentines Day for the more ro- 
mantically inclined, Singles Aware- 
ness Day (with awareness, you can't 
help but feel SAD) for those who 
don't particularly like the Hallmark 

I miss Valentine's Day for what it 
was when we were in grade school. 

All of the class parties, cupcakes 
and little boxed cartoon cards, 
some of which had candy miss- 
happenly taped on. 

Everyone got a little something 
from everyone, spreading the love 
via paper valentine. 

Keeping with the idea of giving 
to friends as well as boyfriends and 
girlfriends, one of the best places to 
get run gifts is at 

Last year marked the opening of 
their store in New York and prior 
to that, Fredflare was better known 
for their Web site filled with men 
and women's clothing, accessories 
and home supplies. 

Everything Fredflare sells owes 
a nod to a different bygone era, 
which means a wide variety of 
items reside in their Valentine's 

Heart-shaped glasses a la Lolita, 
plastic rose rings, and for those 
looking for something to satisfy 
the sweet tooth, the gummy heart 
will do the trick nicely, all at about 
$10 or less. 

Of course, for anyone with some- 
one to impress, Valentines Day 
calls for looking simply irresistible. 

Feb. 8- 14, Charlotte Russe is 
holding "Sweetheart Deals" online. 

Each day, something new will be 
available on sale with new items ar- 
riving daily. 

As the site warns, missing these 
deals may cause heartache and no- 
body wants that, especially when 
I know for a fact that store carries 
several stunning party dresses. 

For the guys, I'm drawing on one 
of my personal male fashion inspi- 
rations, Alfie Elkins as portrayed 
by Jude Law in the film "Alfie." 

His signature look was the pink 
dress shirt, a color that typically 
gets a bum rap among the male 

Though in my version of the per- 
fect world, men all over the world 
would rock the pink dress shirt or 
at least a pink Polo with pride, the 
realization is that this world won't 

happen for awhile. 

Time for a Taylor Stitch, and yes, 
I'm aware of how perfectly named 
that is for me to write. 

Taylor Stitch is an online com- 
pany that specializes in "custom 
shirting" in which one can design 
their own shirt from a selection of 

From there, the custom shirt 
is created with a preferred fabric 
swatch to tailor all areas of inter- 
est including the cuffs, collars and 

Going on this site is pretty much 
how I envision heaven to be like, 
but I know most guys would not 
agree with me. 

In that case, there is always the 
already made selection of shirts to 
choose from. 

The Red & Wine Tattersall is very 
much Valentine appropriate with- 
out going overboard on pink and 
instead, settling on a more subdued 
shade of red. 

One thing I've noticed is the rise 
of the friendship bracelet, ring and 
necklace as gifts for Valentine's Day. 

This is a nice nod to grade school 
parties and both Opening Cer- 
emony and Fredflare are selling 
gold-knotted "forget-me-nots" in 
prices ranging from $10 to $200. 
Who could ever forget such a sweet 

Happy Valentine's Day! 

fleet on the experiences as CLU 

"I'm going to miss a lot of my 
friends here. I've made so many 
great relationships. I really do 
honestly consider the friends 
that I've made here to be family," 
Holt said. 

Football players Alexander 
Moe and Mike Williams attend- 
ed the celebration. Both agreed 
their favorite memory from se- 
nior year was winning the SCI- 
AC championship. 

"As an alumnus, I still plan 
on attending events and foot- 
ball games to support my fellow 
Kingsmen. I have very strong 
CLU pride, so I definitely plan 
to come back and support CLU," 
Williams said. 

As the event came to an end, 
seniors were not ready to stop 


"I think that this party should 
really be called 'the last hundred 
days of our childhood before 
real life slaps us in the face.' We 
should really enjoy it while we 
can," said Amanda Lovett, Com- 
munications and Environmental 
Science Major 

While some went home, others 
decided to continue the celebra- 
tion at Sunset Terrace Bar and 

With less than 100 days till 
commencement, now is the time 
to really participate in the last 
CLU events. 

Alumni Relations also pro- 
vided a calendar for the seniors 
with important upcoming dates 
for the rest of the semester. 

This calendar included job/ 
resume workshops, career pan- 
els, Club Lu 


I'm going 
to miss a 
lot of my 
friends here. 
I've made 
so many 

events, au- 
dition dates 
for com- 

speakers and 
senior disori- 

The cal- 
endar had 
dations for 
seniors with 
activities to 
do before graduation. 

Things like ask a professor 
to coffee, take a photo with 
Gumby, add CLU GOLD as a 
friend on Facebook and pick up 
your alumni license plate frame 
were on the list. 

If you have not received a 100 
days calendar, contact Alumni 
Relations for your copy. Seniors 
do not want to miss out on 

Kevin Holt 

Margaret Nolan 

Matthew Kufeld 

Carly Robertson 




Brooke Hall 

Ms. Colleen Cason 

Caitlin Coomber 

Trace Ronning 

Doug Barnett 

Lindsey Brittain 
Alex Lastort 
Hallie Walsh 
Mayan White 

Jonathan Culmer 

February 10, 2010 

the Echo 

FEATURES - Page 7 

CLU's call 

[PHONEATHON from Page 5] 
and if they are hired, get to 
join the phonathon team," 
Mason said. 

Students took leadership 
into their own hands when it 
came to raising money for the 
Annual Fund. 

Lauren Amundson, Beth Pe- 
ters Berry, Robbie Loutsios, 
Greg Reid and Ryan Cudahy 
led the way as student super- 
visors, while 31 other students 
served the campaign as callers 
in this phonathon. 

"Students selected to work 
the campaign go through a 
mandatory training session 
where they learn all about the 
Annual Fund, fundraising, 
phone etiquette and negotia- 
tion techniques," Mason said. 
"Student supervisors who 
work the campaign are there 
each night to offer advice and 
support to the callers." 

US News and World Report 
base their rankings in part on 
the percentage of contributors 
who give back to their school. 

The higher the ranking, the 
more value a CLU degree 

Amundson, this year's 
phonathon supervisor, said 
the goal is "always to get as 
many alumni to participate as 

"The more participation we 
can accumulate, the higher our 
school's ranking goes. I have 
spent countless hours on our 
program. It is an important 
component of the Annual 
Fund," Amundson said. 

Eighty percent of 
the money from 
the Annual Fund goes 
to support financial 
assistance, without which 
many students would not 
be able to attend CLU. 

Mason feels students "gain 
communication and nego- 
tiation skills, and get to learn 
firsthand about the impor- 
tance and impact of the An- 
nual Fund. 

"Students build relationships 
with Cal Lutheran's alumni, 
parents and friends and serve 
as a university ambassador to 
all our prospects," Mason said. 

The most recent phonathon 
began on Sunday and will 
continue through March 11. 

"The spring campaign is 
significantly shorter, only five 
weeks," Amundson said. 

So the goal this time around 
is $120,000," Positions for this 
year's phonathon staff have 
already been filled. 

However, if students are 
interested in becoming a part 
of the phonathon team next 
fall they are urged to contact 
Cal Lutheran alumna Laura 
Mason by e-mailing her at 

He Said, She Said: A little of him, a little of her KCLU FM 

Solutions to Valentine's Day spending dials up 

Antoine Adams 

Valentines Day is the day that 
every guy wishes he were single. 

It's just another day that all girls 
love to be pampered and expect to 
receive gifts ranging from flowers 
and chocolate, to a romantic din- 
ner and jewelry. 

I dread this holiday due to the 
fact I have to buy a gift that at the 
very least, looks like I spent more 
than $20 on it. 

Sometimes I'd come away with 
nothing in return. Remember la- 
dies, it is a holiday for the men as 

Girls don't have to go all out, just 
try returning the favor by doing 
something as well. 

Be creative. It's a chance to show 
your valentine a different side of 
you. Give him something that 
he'll remember after two weeks. 

At the store: 

It doesn't have to be the most 
expensive thing in the store. Con- 
sider his likes and dislikes to find 
something he will be able to use 
and most importantly remember. 

Adding a surprise factor will 
really wow him. For example, if 
you get him jewelry think about 
engraving it. If you want to get 
clothes, consider his favorite 
sports teams or clothing stores. 

Make something: 

Here's a chance for your creativ- 
ity to come out. Making a gift 
shows compassion plus, it shows 
your significant other that you 
were willing to spend the time. 

You can make something simple 
like a card, collage or even scrap- 
book. This is a guaranteed hit. 


Spending some time and effort 
in the kitchen to make a dinner 
for two will undoubtedly win over 
your man. 

Men love women who can cook. 

If dinner is already planned 
think about something for dessert 
such as baking a cake, brownies or 

At the end of the night you'll be 
able to say, "I made that," and he'll 
appreciate it. 

In the end all that matters is the 
quality time you spend together. 
Have a happy Valentines Day! 

Alexandra Butler 

Valentines Day. It's day full of 
perfume, chocolates and teddy 
bears... gag me. 

Yes, these gestures are nice, but 
too cliche. Valentine's Day should 
give you the excuse to be senti- 
mental and whimsical. 

This holiday, stereotypically 
thought to be exaggerated and 
ruined by desperate girlfriends is 
dreaded by most singles and boy- 
friends. Well, this Feb. 14 I dare 
you to reach out to someone you 
don't normally talk to. I double 
dare you to give your roommate 
a valentine. And I triple dog dare 
you to consider visiting the wid- 
owed at University Village. 

This day is about showing love. 
You'll feel better if you do some- 
thing out of the ordinary. 

For couples in college, having 
Valentine's Day is hard because 
most of us are broke. It should be 
about giving to your significant 

other because you want to, not 
because you were forced. 

Every girlfriend just wants to be 
heard and feel loved. It's a good 
idea to spend quality time to- 

First, go somewhere different. 
Escaping the CLU bubble is im- 
portant. Nearby Point Mugu State 
Park is a great place to have a bar- 
beque, build a fire and watch the 
sunset. Santa Barbara is also close. 
There is even a train that will take 
you, and it's a perfect way to avoid 
spending money on gas and time 
in traffic. 

If going somewhere isn't what 
you had in mind, remember it's 
all about spending time together. 

To show sincerity, make some- 
thing. Even the simplest crafts 
will show that you put time, effort 
and thought into a gift. Create a 
collage of all the pictures you and 
your significant other have taken 
through out the years. Burn a CD 
of all the songs that remind you of 

Create a bucket list and book of 
crazy places you want to go with 
your significant other. This shows 
you see a future with her. 

If you're giving a gift pick a 
theme. This will tie all your pres- 
ents or ideas together. If her fa- 
vorite color is pink, make sure 
all gifts, cards and crafts include 
the color pink. If she love animals 
make sure everything includes an 

Everyone's time at CLU is lim- 
ited; this is the one day that allows 
you to get corny and creative. This 
holiday is not about the flowers, 
and chocolate. 

It's about listening, giving and 
showing your appreciation for 
their time and love. 


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more awards 

aley deVinney 
Staff Writer 

Cal Lutheran's own KCLU has 
five new additions to their tro- 
phy case. At California's 60"' an- 
nual Golden Mike Awards, the 
radio station took home five 
Golden Mikes on Jan. 23, push- 
ing their grand total to more 
than 60 awards since 2001, ac- 
cording to the station's Web site. 

KCLU received awards for Best 
Sports Reporting, Best Spot 
News Reporting, Best Live Cov- 
erage of a New Story, Best News 
Public Affairs Program and Best 
Entertainment Program. 

"KCLU was the only winner 
from Ventura or Santa Barbara 
County, and won more than any 
other small market station," ac- 
cording to its Web site. 

KCLU competed in Division B, 
which is the division for small- 
er radio stations. The Radio & 
Television News Association of 
Southern California states that 
this division is limited to "five 
or fewer full-time news staff 

"I love having KCLU as part of 
the community," said Scott Hat 
ris, a Thousand Oaks resident. 
"National syndication has eaten 
into good local radio and KCLU 
does a great job of filling that 
void with a great combination 
of local and regional coverage." 

In addition to local and re- 
gional news coverage, the sta- 
tion features several regular 
shows such as On Point with 
Tom Ashbrook, Wait Wait... 
Don't Tell Me! with Peter Sagal 
and Carl Kasell, Fresh Air and 
All Things Considered. 

Mary Olson, the general man- 
ager for KCLU, was part of the 
original team that created the 
station and has stayed for the 
past 15 years. 

"I still come to work every- 
day excited and committed 
to our mission," Olson said. 
"I believe KCLU is an important 
community resource and a vital 
news source." 

Students at Cal Lutheran have 
the opportunity to be a part of 

The station offers internships 
and paid positions. As an intern 
one would "gain valuable prac- 
tical experience and learn the 
fundamentals of radio broad- 
casting," according to the de- 
scription of the internship posi- 

According to Olson, KCLU 
isn't going to become stale or 
refuse to change with the times. 
In fact, there are plans for a big- 
ger and better KCLU. 

"KCLU is in a capital 
campaign to raise $5 million for 
a new KCLU Broadcast Center," 
said Olson. "This will have 
greatly expanded production 
facilities, a community room 
and performance space and 
an educational suite complete 
with production facilities for 

the Echo 

February 10,2010 


Weed could pull state out of hole 


Over the past few years, 
California has been making 
the effort to go green, and in 
November 2010, we may be a 
little greener. 

It has recently been announced 
that the decriminalization of 
marijuana will more than likely 
be on the November 2010 ballot. 

The 700,000 names on the 
petition still need to be verified 
as valid, but since only around 
450,000 names are needed there 
is a good chance the initiative will 
be decided in the voting booths. 

According to an article in the 
Los Angeles Times last week, "the 
initiative would make it legal for 
anyone 21 and older to possess 
an ounce of marijuana and grow 
plants in an area no larger than 

25 square feet for personal use." 

The power to tax and regulate 
the sales of marijuana would 
fall to the individual cities and 

This means there could be some 
counties that allow the sale of the 
drug, and some that don't. 

With a state budget deficit 
totaling upward of $26 billion, 
the taxation of cannabis would 
create a much needed flow of 
income for the state. 

Considering that in California 
a two-thirds vote by the people 
is needed to raise taxes, I see it 
being highly unlikely that the 
citizens would vote to raise their 
own taxes. 

Therefore, how else is California 
supposed to balance the budget? 

Cut K-12 funding? Doubtful. 

Limit the money even further 
spent on social services? Perhaps, 
but not likely. 

Legalizing and taxing marijuana 
is a great way to solve this 

Plus, with fewer people going 

to jail for smaller marijuana 
possession charges, the less 
money taxpayers will have to 
spend to fund the imprisonment 
of these inmates. 

Of course, most religious groups 
see this as an abomination, but let 
us not forget the clear separation 
of church and state. 

Legalizing and taxing 
marijuana is a great 
way to solve the state 
budget deficit. 

The initiative has been well 
thought out and planned and 
places stricter rules on marijuana 
than the current laws for alcohol. 

Like alcohol, it will be illegal to 
sell or provide a minor with the 
drug. However, unlike alcohol, 
adults will be prohibited from 
partaking in the drug in front of 

I think it will actually make it 
harder for minors to come across 
marijuana if this initiative is 

For example, during the alcohol 
prohibition, alcohol was illegal 
for everyone, no matter what the 

So, people selling the alcohol 
did not care how old or young 
their customers were; just like 
those selling marijuana today. 

So, now that the legal age to 
buy alcohol is 21, most vendors 
ID customers before they can 
purchase it, which will hopefully 
happen with marijuana and make 
it harder for children and teens to 
get a hold of the drug. 

For those asking, "what about 
driving while high on marijuana?" 
I say "what about driving while 
intoxicated with alcohol?" 

It is all relative; I am sure that 
there will be even steeper fines 
for a marijuana-related DUI than 
there is for an alcohol-related 
DUI, again bringing more money 
in for the state. 

I think it is safe to say that the 
benefits of taxing and regulating 
marijuana are too great for 
California to pass on. 

Restaurant nutrition no longer a secret 

Have you ever gone out to 
eat and tried to make a healthy 
choice by ordering a salad 
only to find that the "healthy" 
salad you ordered contains the 
same number of calories as a 

There is good news for people 
who enjoy dining out but also 
care about their nutrition. The 
California State Legislature 
approved a measure in July 1, 
2009 that requires franchises 
with more than 20 locations to 
include the calorie content of 
every item on their menu. By 
201 1 , even smaller, locally owned 
restaurants will have to have 
their calerie content available 

upon request. 

Generally, restaurants are 
mainly concerned about making 
good tasting food and a profit. 

Many restaurant frequenters 
do not realize that restaurants 
add a lot of salt, fats, oils, butter 
and sugars to their food to make 
it taste good and to keep people 
coming back for more. This fact, 
combined with the oversized 
portions restaurants serve, can 
eventually take a toll on your 

Requiring restaurants to list 
the calorie content of the items 
on their menus will encourage 
restaurants to cook healthier but 
still delicious foods. 

People's lives today are more 
hectic than ever. 

Many people turn to fast food 
because they do not have the 
time to cook nutritious meals. 
This measure will allow people to 
know exactly what they are eating 
and to make healthier choices in 

spite of their busy lives. 

In light of the new legislation, 
several restaurants that have had 
reputations of being unhealthy 
are now trying to change their 

This measure has become more 
necessary as the correlation 
between obesity and fast food 
is becoming more and more 
relevant. Studies show that 
eating fast food three or more 
times a week can lead to obesity 
and a larger body mass index. 

Many argue that the measure 
to include calorie content in 
restaurants is useless and will 
only cost money. 

But can you really put a price 
on your health? 

Taco Bel! created a "fresco 
menu" that includes lower 
calorie options. They have also 
created a "Drive-through diet." 
This diet is endorsed by a woman 
named Christine Daugherty, 
who ate from Taco Bell's fresco 

menu five to eight times a week 
and lost 54 pounds. 

Also, McDonalds is now 
offering apples instead of fries, 
and juices and milk instead of 
soda, as well as lower calorie 
sandwiches and wraps. 

Of course, eating cheeseburgers, 
pizza and fried foods from 
restaurants in moderation is 
perfectly fine, but many people 
dine out daily and this way 
they can become aware of the 
nutritional values of the foods 
they are consuming. 

Small changes like these are 
positive and will definitely be 
beneficial for those of us who 
want to eat healthy but don't 
always have the time or money 
to do so. 

As fast food is becoming 
increasingly available, obesity 
is becoming more prevalent in 
society. This measure is a step in 
the right direction for a healthier 

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spending is 
off target 

Students can make great 
changes to the university. It just 
takes some organization, effort 
and awareness. 

However, the majority of 
students at CLU do not know 
who is in ASCLUG, what they do 
or even what day they meet. 

Until recently, I thought the only 
job of the student government 
was to plan the Club Lu events 
every Friday night. 

However, ASCLUG also 
approves how our student 
association funds are distributed. 

They have an annual budget of 
approximately $150,000 to spend 
on activities throughout the year. 

During the spring government 
retreat, they decide how they are 
going to divide the money to all 
the clubs that submitted budget 

This alone eats up $75,000. 

Among the expenditures 
ASCLUG approves are funds for 
cheer camp for CLU cheerleaders 
and the ice cream machine in the 

Although they have helped the 
student population in many ways, 
some of their expenditures and 
meeting times are wasteful. 

ASCLUG spent two months 
arguing whether or not to spend 
some of their budget on the stools 
in Trinity Hall. 

In the end, Trinity did get the 
stools. This issue should not have 
taken two months to resolve. 

ASCLUG also approved $1,200 
for the student section of the 
football stands to be painted. 
These are going to be torn down 
in a year when the field is moved 
to north campus. 

To better connect with a greater 
amount of the student body, 
ASCLUG should conduct surveys 
about what the rest of the students 
would like the remaining money 
spent on. 

A Facebook group or a poll 
out by the flagpole should be 
established to help ASCLUG 
monitor the thoughts of CLU 

To ASCLUG, I propose we 
purchase more cardio equipment 
for the fitness center. I'm tired 
of having to fight for the Precor 
machines. Additionally, spin bikes 
would be a fantastic addition to 
the gym. 

Without vocalizing what you 
want the student budget to go 
toward, you won't get it. 

The ASCLUG can't read minds. 
If you have an idea, make it 

February 10,2010 

the Echo 

OPINION - Page 9 

Letters to the Editor 

Editors Note: 

Elections for the 2010-2011 
Executive Cabinet are fast 
approaching. The candidates that 
are running for ASCLVG president, 
Programs Board director and 
Senate director were given the 
option of submitting a statement of 
intent to the Echo. The following is 
one such submission. 

Dear Editor: 

My name is Jesse Knutson, 
and I'm running for ASCLUG 

I believe that I am the most 
qualified person for this position 
with all the experience I have 
gained in my years here at CLU. 

I have been a member of each 
branch of student government 
- Programs Board, Senate and 
Executive Cabinet. 

On Programs Board, my freshman 
year, I worked with a great 
committee to bring you events such 
as Spring Formal and Howl at the 
Moon. During my second year, I 
served as Programs Board director, 
where I led Programs Board and 
looked over all the Club Lu events 
for the year. 

This year I'm a senator who has 
brought you Cal Lutheran Pride 
Week and helped distribute funds to 
clubs and organizations on campus. 

All of these experiences have 
helped me learn what it takes to be 
president. I have seen all portions 
of ASCLUG and have a great 
understanding of what they all do. 

On top of those student 
government experiences, I have 
served as a Presidential Host, Peer 
Advisor, choir member and member 
of the Kingsmen tennis team. I've 
seen many aspects of CLU and 
want to use my experiences to strive 
to make CLU the best it can be. 

As president, I would do my best 
to have every students voice heard, 
and I wouldn't just listen, but I 
would do something about it! 

Traditional undergraduate 

students pay a student fee which 
funds the student government But 
where does that money go? 

I will make sure to see that 
ASCLUG is transparent, so you 
know what bills Senate passes, what 
clubs they're giving money to and 
what resolutions they're sending to 

the administration. 

I will make sure that you know 
what Programs Board spends 
their money on at different Club 
Lutheran events. 

With the great experiences CLU 
has given me and my immeasurable 
amount of Cal Lu pride, I trust that 
I am the most qualified person for 
the position. 

Please allow me to give back to 
CLU what it has given to me, and 
vote for me on your CLU Portal for 
ASCLUG president, on Feb. 16 and 

Jesse Knutson 

Dear Editor 

It has become painfully obvious 
that our political leaders are more 
interested in incarceration over 

Over the years, education in our 
state has declined 4 percent while 
prison spending has increased 8 

California has chosen to continue 
warehousing thousands of 
nonviolent men and women, who 
are serving 25 years to life sentences 
for crimes such as joyriding, petty 
theft, attempted burglary, receiving 
stolen property, making criminal 
threats and petty drug theft 

California continues to have 
enormous budget deficits and a 
prison system that is extremely 
crowded and draining state funds 
that would normally be used for 

However, the legislators continue 
to portray nonviolent three-strike 
inmates as dangerous criminals 
who deserve to serve a life sentence 
for crimes that would have 
ordinarily carried six months to one 
year in county jail. 

The California prison system 
should not be allowed to continue 
to drain the state's assets for political 
gains or ideologies, while breaking 
the back of the states education 
and other human resource 

Education and treatment, not 
prisons, are the best investments for 
California's tax dollars. 

Larry Wallace 

Inmate at Folsom State Prison 

Internet craze gets contagious is out of the 

With the average user spending 
four hours a day on Facebook, 
the social networking Web site 
has officially entered mainstream 

On both Christmas Eve 
and Christmas day, however, was the most 
visited site in the United States, 
which means if you have an 
account, chances are you signed 
in over the holidays to check 
your messages or send a good 
tidings greeting. 

Yet, it isn't only on holidays 
when Facebook feels important. 

Last year Facebook experienced 
a 145 percent increase in activity, 
as the number of users went from 
below 150 million to over 350 

No longer is Facebook a small 
community of college students. 
Facebook has entered 2010 
as a smart, simple, Internet 

Advertisers have long since seen 
the potential in social networking 
Web sites, and Facebook has 
responded, providing advertisers 
with a revolutionary system that 
allows them to control their 
target audience and track the 
progress of their ads. 

If you update your status with 
news of your Superbowl XLIV 
party, the modest, clean list of ads 
on your Facebook will probably 
offer you advertisements related 
to football or sports in general. 

Therefore, users are less likely 
to get frustrated with unwanted 

Facebook is still seen largely as 
a way to social network and stay 
connected to your friends. 

"The e-mail part of it - I can 
contact anyone I know. A lot 
of people use it, so they get back 
to you faster," sophomore Emily 
Andrews said. 

The casualty and amusement 
offered by the social networking 
aspect of the site might be 
responsible for keeping people 

People can post status updates 
about anything and can also 
log into Facebook's instant 
messaging client, which is 
conveniently built right into the 

It allows you to network and 
connect in a moment's time. 

In other words, Facebook 
is as fun as it is useful. The 
e-mail is an added bonus to the 
sense of community; the global 
community that is. 

"I found cousins in different 

countries I would have never 
gotten in touch with if it weren't 
for Facebook," said Donna 
Saidon, a pre-school teacher in 
the San Fernando Valley. 

Facebook's start as a site for 
college students might have 
helped to make it what it is today. 

College students often need to 
get in touch with people in their 
classes and Facebook makes 
contact safe and simple. 

"It started off on the college- 
level, so more mature people 
started using it," Andrews said. 

A college-aged audience is one 
that is quickly acquiring new 
information and creating trends. 
Trends are extremely influential, 
as we have seen with the latest 
Doppelganger craze. 

Whether it is college students 
across campuses nationwide, 
people working at office jobs with 
computer access, stay-at-home 
moms and dads with an hour to 
kill while Junior naps, or John 
Doe checking for updates on his 
iPhone, one thing is for sure: we 
are all logging in. 

Banish the Valentine's Day blues 

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Valentine's Day is a bittersweet 
time of the year. 

If you're in a relationship, 
you're excited to go out and 
celebrate with the one you love. 

For those of us who are single, 
this day could mean going to 
dinner with friends or renting 
a movie. 

Whether you have a significant 
other or not, you can find ways 
to have enjoy yourself. 

The options are endless. 

Don't let this Valentine's Day 
transform from being a fun day 
to pass out notes and cards to 
our friends, to a day of anxiety 
and stress. 

When Feb. 14 rolls around, we 
can still have that fun feeling we 
did about this holiday when we 
were kids. 

Make fun candy grams for 
your friends. Go to the store 
and pick out some of those cute 
cards that you use to love. Or 
go buy a big bag of candy and 
surprise your roommate with a 
chocolate on his or her pillow. 

If you are one of the fortunate 
ones who have a date this 
holiday, get creative. 

Go to a movie or to the beach 

for an exciting setting. You 
could also go to a park and set 
up a cute picnic. Remember, 
you don't have to go all out to 
have a good time. 

When it comes to Valentine's 
Day, it's the thought that 

Don't feel bad if you can't 
afford to get someone a big 
present or flowers. Just a 
simple piece of candy or a card 
goes a long way and will show 
someone that you care. 

This is a day to surround 
yourself with people you love 
and who love you. 

If this means your family or 
friends, show them how much 
they mean to you. 

If this means a special 
someone, share time and show 
them how much you care. 

But, most importantly, don't 
be afraid to take the risk and go 
for it. 

If you're thinking of asking 
someone to join you in 
celebrating this day, take the 

You never know what can 
come out of a great Valentine's 

Page 10 

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February 10, 2010 


Kingsmen shake off late scare to beat the Leopards 


ndrew Adams 
Staff Writer 

Photo by Erik Hagen- Creative Media 

Double Digits: Andy Meier dropped 20 points on La Verne. 

Aaron Van Klaveren and Andy Meier each scored 20 points 
as the Kingsmen escaped with a 77-73 victory over La Verne 
University in Gilbert Arena on Friday. 

"It was a big game. Earlier in the season guys didn't really 
know their roles. Now we're working harder, we know our 
roles and things are clicking. We are learning what it takes 
to win and putting in the work at practice every day" Meier 

The combination of Van Klaveren and Meier accounted 
for 40 of the teams points and 17 rebounds. Meier's two free 
throws with 1 1 seconds left sealed the win for the Kingsmen, 
who saw the Leopards claw back into the game by catching 
fire from behind the arc. 

Matt Heyd cut the Kingsmen lead to six with a three-point 
play with three minutes left in the game and some shaky free 
throw shooting by California Lutheran allowed the Leopards 
to cut the lead to two points with 25 seconds left. La Verne 
then forced a turnover on the ensuing inbound pass but came 
up short on a layup attempt that could have tied the game. 

"I was proud of our guys' effort. They kept fighting all game 
and never gave up. We came up a Little bit short at the end, 
but as long as the effort is there, we will find a way to win 
those games in the future," La Verne coach Richard Reed said. 

So far this year, the 70-point benchmark has been an in- 
dicator of success for the Kingsmen. Coming into the game 
Cal Lutheran was 8- 1 in games where they scored 70 or more 
points and only 1-9 when being held below 70 points. By 
scoring 77 points, the Kingsmen improved 9- 1 on the season 
when scoring 70 or more. 

The Kingsmen continued another trend Friday night by 
extending their home win streak against the La Verne to five 
games and six of the last seven games overall. With three of 
the Kingsmen's next four games coming on the road, this was 
an important win for Cal Lutheran. 

"This win will give us a big boost and the momentum to 
go out on the road," Kingsmen coach Rich Rider said. "Some 
guys came alive for us tonight, Aaron came to play tonight 
and had a great game. This game should give him the confi- 
dence to keep his hot streak going. Meyer with the clutch free 
throws, he was huge for us tonight" 

In a game that Cal Lutheran lead from the opening tip, the 
Kingsmen used a 6-0 run to start the second half that ex- 
tended their lead to a game high 12 points. After a close first 
half that saw both teams shoot over 50 percent from the field, 
both teams cooled off to end the game shooting under 40 
percent. The Leopards were led in scoring by Heyd, with 22 
points, and Billy Nicolini with 20. 

The Kingsmen will next take the court at Occidental today 
at 7:30 p.m. 

Rain postpones home debut of women's tennis 

Regals start season 
with a victory on 
the road at Oxy 

Christine Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

Rain, rain go away, come again 
another day. 

Since it had been raining this 
past weekend, CLU women's 
tennis team's second game of the 
season had been postponed to 

That does not stop the Regals' 

determination to win their ten- 
nis matches. They opened the 
season strong with a victory, as 
Cal Lutheran defeated Occiden- 
tal College. 

With their box winning score 
of 7-2, the Regals plan to sweep 
more games as they continue on 
in the SCIAC. 

New athletes on the team, 
freshmen Carly Mouzes and An- 
etter Pohjalainen, defeated their 
Occidental opponents Krishave- 
ni Subbiah and Marissa Cassman 
in their No. 1 doubles match 
with a score of 8-5. 

Pohjaleinen also played in the 

No. 1 singles match and defeated 
Oxy's Subbiah again with a score 
of 6-3. 

In their second consecutive 
year in a row as a doubles team, 
sophomores Holly Beaman and 
Jordan Leckness went for a vic- 
torious sweep of 8-0 at No. 2 
doubles. Last season the pair fin- 
ished with an 11-7 record. 

Leckness is no stranger to vic- 
tories. Last year, she was ranked 
as No. 22 singles player in the 
west region, and won her match 
by in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 10-8. 

The Regals kept up their win- 
ning ways when sophomore 

Kim Kolibas and freshman Lau- 
ren Toohey gutted out a close 
win of 9-8, emerging victorious 
in the tiebreaker with a score of 

Beaman and Toohey also won 
in the No. 4 and No. 5 singles 

"I felt that my first match 
against Occidental went very 
well," Toohey said. 

"It was a great start to my ten- 
nis career at Cal Lutheran." 

This year's team consists of nine 
players, mostly freshmen and 
sophomores and one upperclass- 
man, junior Lacey Gormley. 

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Gormley is excited by the new 

"The freshmen have been a 
great addition to the team and 
along with the girls from last 
year, our team has gotten even 
stronger," Gormley said. 

"Since we've started off strong, 
Id like to see us keep the mo- 
mentum up and fight for as many 
wins as we can get." 

As the Regals' new head coach, 
Vanessa McPadden has high 
hopes for the team this season. 

"I am very excited about coach- 
ing the women's tennis team 
at Cal Lutheran. I am very im- 
pressed with the staff and play- 
ers that represent the school at 
large," McPadden said. 

She believes that Mike Benson 
left on a good note, establishing 
a "dominant program." Before 
she took on this position as head 
coach, she interviewed Benson 
a couple of times for some key 
pieces of information, looking 
forward to building off his past 

The only added pressure on the 
team or overall "is the pressure 
you put on yourself," McPadden 

Hearing that Biola and West- 
mont University can be tough to 
beat, McPadden is looking for- 
ward to a good challenge to beat 
these teams. 

"Vanessa is wonderful. She 
bases the practices off of what we 
feel we need to work on, instead 
of just making us do repetitious 
drills" Gormley said. 

"She has a great attitude and we 
are lucky to have her." 

CLU will face Westmont Col- 
lege Thursday at 2 p.m. at home 
and on will travel to La Verne for 
its second SCIAC match of the 
season on Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m. 

orwivi j — rage 1 1 

Thirteen-year-old highlights National Signing Day 

Florida Gators snag 
top recruits; USC 
mags headlines 


ndrew Parrone 
Staff Writer 

Less than a month after Ala- 
>amas national championship vic- 
:ory, National Signing Day serves 
is the last glimmer for college 
botball action for months to die- 
lard fans across the country. That 
s, at least until spring ball starts. 

In the age of online recruiting 
services and highlight tapes, it's 
ncreasingly difficult for "sleep- 
er" prospects to slip through the 
rracks. This means that the battle 
: or the top guys is even more in- 
ense and coaches use all their 
neans to attract the top talent. 

NSD headlines were dominated 
>y the Florida Gators, who by 
nost accounts won the mythical 
'Recruiting National Champi- 
jnship" with what some call the 
greatest recruiting class of all time, 
[his was accomplished despite the 
>ngoing saga of head coach Urban 
Vieyers status with the team. 

Meyer, who abruptly resigned 
he day after Christmas citing 

stress-related health issues, quickly 
changed course and decided on 
an "indefinite leave of absence." 
Apparently indefinite means only 
a few months, because several re- 
cruits said Meyer assured them he 
would be back for fall camp. So 
much for the Meyer girls "getting 
their daddy back." 

This raises several questions 
about the manner in which any 
coach becomes involved in the 
lives of high school athletes. 

Meyer was adamant in telling 
his prospects that he wasn't going 
anywhere, which contradicts ev- 

erything we heard him say about 
needing to take it easy and spend 
time with his family. His com- 
mits trust that he will be around 
throughout their careers at Flori- 
da, though one more health scare 
could force him out of coaching 
for good. 

Athletes need to make sure that 
they are committing to schools for 
the right reasons. Relationships 

with coaches are very important, 
and more power to guys like Mey- 
er for being able to connect with 
players on very meaningful levels. 
But chances are in college athlet- 
ics, the coach that you started with 
is not going to be there when you 

Another school that generated a 
lot of buzz, both positive and nega- 
tive, is USC. With the stunning de- 
parture of Pete Carroll to the NFL 
less than a month before signing 
day, many wondered if the Trojans 
recruiting class would hold up. 
But new coach Lane Kiffin quickly 
swooped in and rescued the class, 
even adding to a group of blue chip 

The biggest news, however, was 
the bizarre commitment of a quar- 
terback prodigy who happens to 
be in middle school. 

David Sills, just 13 years old, 
verbally accepted an offer from 
Kiffin to be part of USC's recruit- 
ing class in 2015. Steve Clarkson, 
Sills' quarterback coach, referred 
Sills and his father to Kiffin, who 
was impressed enough by his high- 
light reel to offer the wunderkind a 

This is an unprecedented move 
in college football, one that I'm 
sure will have much bigger rami- 

fications down the road. Similar 
situations have played out in bas- 
ketball, where it is much easier to 
project the maturation process of 
star players. 


Sills' commitment may be a sin- 
gle case, or could lead to wider re- 
cruitment of younger players from 
now on. 

Now, is it responsible for Kiffin 
to offer this kid a scholarship when 
he has barely reached puberty? 
It could be viewed as a harmless 
story that works out well for both 
sides, with Kiffin getting a future 
star who has always considered it a 
dream to play quarterback at USC. 
And verbal commitments are any- 
thing but set in stone, with play- 
ers time and again changing their 
minds and going back on their 

But by recruiting a kid in seventh 

grade, you are putting an inordi- 
nate amount of pressure on him 
to succeed no matter what. Sills 
now has to set the world on fire or 
he will be viewed as a disappoint- 

You can't commit to USC as a 
13-year-old and expect otherwise. 
Odds are that Clarkson is correct 
in predicting Sills will be a phe- 
nomenal talent, but the scrutiny is 
definitely going to be intense. Stay 
posted, because this story is at least 
five years from being over. 

Lost in the buzz of Kiffin's star 
child and Florida's dominance 
were the University of Texas Long- 
horns, who have been widely cred- 
ited with the second-best recruits. 

The Longhorns signed the son 
of former Dallas Cowboy defen- 
sive tackle Jim Jeffcoat, Jackson, as 
well as quarterback Colt McCoy's 
younger brother, Case. 

NSD 2010 has come and gone, 
and now the next wave of high 
school football stars has less than 
a year to decide where they will be 
committing their services. The ef- 
fects of this year in recruiting will 
continue to have an impact on the 
college football landscape into the 

And in the case of David Sills, 
well into the future. 

Senior day drowns out chances of a Poets victory 

Kingsmen and 
Regals win last 
jvent before SCIAC 

Sasha Voinovich 
Staff Writer 

CLU's swimming and diving 
:eam dominated in the water this 
?ast Saturday. Despite the heavy 
-ainfall at the Samuelson Aquatic 
Center, both teams came out on 
:op over the Poets of Whittier 

The Cal Lutheran men's team 
started the day off with a win in 
:he 400-yard medley relay. Two 
reshmen, Greg Giesbers and 
Will Kennedy, along with the 
sophomore twins Gannon Smith 
md Quinn Smith, posted a time 
)f 3:48.10 to win the event. 

The Kingsmen put up a one- 
:wo finish in the 1,650-yard 
xeestyle, along with a new CLU 
record. Sophomore Spencer Vo- 
:ipka (19:54.86) finished second 
behind his teammate Jake Kaija 
[19:04.14). Kaija, also a sopho- 
more, broke the CLU record for 
:he 1,000-yard freestyle with a 
rime of 10:17.24 during the race. 

"I think today went really well," 
Kaija said. "I was happy with my 
performance. I wanted to swim 
fast today, and I did." 

Kaija also finished first in the 
500-yard freestyle with a time of 

The 100-yard backstroke wasn't 
much of a nail-biter. G. Smith 
(57.94) finished on top over four 
Whittier athletes. Juan Aguilar 
(1:01.74) from WC finished well 
behind G. Smith to take second. 

The Kingsmen did not stop 
there. In the 100-yard freestyle, 
sophomore Grant East (49.39), 
Kennedy (50.18) and junior Jor- 
dan Liebhardt (51.28) managed 
a sweep. The Kingsmen took 
another sweep in the 50-yard 
freestyle, leaving the Poets no 
chance. Kennedy won the event 
with a time of 22.34, but was fol- 
lowed closely by Q. Smith (22.42) 
who finished in second, while 
East rounded out the top spots 
coming in third with a time of 

"I have not had a lifetime best 
this season, but I am excited to 
taper and hopefully get on the 
podium at (SCIAC) Conference," 
Q. Smith said. 

The Kingsmen ended up finish- 
ing the day with 128 points to 
Whittier's 101 points. 

"All the guys did what they 
needed to do. We swam fast and 
finished strong," Kaija said. 

The Regals also secured an 
easy win against the Poets on 
Saturday. Sophomore Brooke 
Dacus won the 200-yard free- 
style with a time of 2:06.72. 
Brianne O'Doherty (2:18.39) of 
WC finished second, while se- 
nior Amanda Graves (2:26.11) of 
CLU took third. 

The Regals managed to earn 
their own sweep in the 200-yard 
IM. Junior Kelly How Tarn Fat 
(2:22.61) finished behind her 
senior teammate Lauren Dakin 

However, it was freshman 
Courtney Downing who touched 
the wall first, finishing the event 
with a time of 2:17.66. 

CLU took another sweep in 
the 100-yard butterfly. Graves 

Photo by Scott Chisholm - Sports Information 

Senior Special: Senior Keiley Fry won the 100-yard back in her last swim contest at Samuelson Aquatic Center. 

(1:01.59) and sophomores Jenna 
Snyder (1:02.38) and Kelli Hoine 
(1:03.48) earned the top spots for 
the Regals. 

Sophomore Caitlyn Melillo 
held off the competition, win- 
ning both the 50-yard and 100- 
yard freestyle with times of 26.03 
and 56.93. 

"Today felt great! There are a 
few things I need to work on for 
SCIAC but overall I'm very happy 
with how I swam," Melillo said. 

Snyder snatched another win 
in the 500-yard freestyle finish- 
ing in 5:36.60. Senior Keiley Fry 
grabbed the 100-yard backstroke 
for CLU with a time of (1:02.41) 
and Dakin placed first in the 
100-yard breaststroke (1:10.60) 
adding more points for her team. 

The Regals beat the Poets by 
well over a hundred points. The 
final result was CLU 170, WC 54 

"The team has come a long way 

since the beginning of the year," 
Melillo said. 

"We have been working hard, 
and everyone has been encour- 
aging each other to do their best." 

Saturday was the conclusion of 
the regular season for the Kings- 
men and Regals. 

Both teams plan on tapering to 
get ready for the SCIAC Cham- 
pionships, which are being held 
at the Long Beach Olympic Plaza 
beginning Thursday, Feb. 21. 

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the t,cho 

February 10, 2010 

"Pink Zone" initiative fuels Regals conference victory 

La Verne Leopards 
blown out by Cal 

Amanda Lovett 
Staff Writer 

Cal Lutheran's Regals basketball 
team brought together more than 
just a pair of pink socks at Saturday 
night's "Pink Zone" game against 
La Verne with a win of 75-43. 

The Women's Basketball Coach- 
es Association (WBCA) Pink 
Zone Initiative is a global effort to 
unify and support breast cancer 
awareness among teams and cam- 
puses, which was brought to Cal 
Lutheran in 2007 and has become 
an annual tradition to support the 

Fans flooded the stadium don- 
ning pink attire, ribbons, bandan- 
as and jewelry in honor of the fight 
against breast cancer. 

"We really stepped it up tonight 
[for the cause]," junior Donielle 
Griggs said. "We had a lot of en- 
thusiasm tonight." 

The Cal Lutheran girls began the 
game with a pregame warm-up 
wearing "Pink Zone" shirts and 
sporting pink socks, bringing to- 
gether a theme of unity for this 
one initiative. 

The game started off with sev- 
eral points on both sides, La Verne 
leading until the Regals tied at 8-8 
with a jumper from Starla Wright. 

Freshman forward Channing 
Fleischmann's layup put the team 
1 1 points ahead to 21-10, creating 
a lead that La Verne could not sur- 
pass the rest of the game. 

A 15-point lead was the largest 
margin of difference during the 
first half, at a score of 29-12. Regals 
were ahead at halftime, 30-19, with 
a free throw scored by Wright. 

During halftime, Cal Lutheran's 
dance team, dressed in pink and 
black performed a well rehearsed 
dance for short entertainment 
in honor of the initiative and the 
cheer team followed with, pink 
hair ribbons replacing their usual 
CLU purple. 

Early in the second half, the 
Regals scored two back-to-back 

Echo File Photo 

Nine is Fine: Freshman Donielle Griggs put up nine points in a blow out of the La Verne Leopards. 

three-point shots, the first by 
Danika Briggs and the second by 
Griggs to put the score at 36-21. 
Those were then followed by a 
number of layups to put CLU in 
the lead 54-26. 

Free throws made by Nadine Iza- 
guirre put the Regals even further 
ahead, as well as excellent defense 
and rebounds to keep the Leop- 
ards from scoring high, to a final 
score of 75-43. 

Photo courtesy of Kelly Balch 

In The Pink: The Regals wore pink shirts to support breast cancer awareness. 

The leading scorers in the game 
were Briggs, Meagan Goode- 
nough, Griggs, Fleischmann and 
Brianna Parker. 

In the stands, a woman dressed 
in pink sat next to her fam- 
ily sporting pink ribbons. She was 
kind enough to share her story 
and reason for attending the game. 

"Donielle Griggs is my daugh- 
ter, so I am here to watch her play. 
However, I was recentiy diagnosed 

Pink Zone 

WBCA Mission Statement 

"The WBCA Pink Zone* ini- 
tiative is a global, unified ef- 
fort for the Women's Basketball 
Coaches Association's (WBCA) 
nation of coaches to assist in 
raising breast cancer awareness 
on the court, across campuses, 
in communities and beyond," ac- 
cording to its Web site. 

The Regals wore "Pink Zone" 
shirts during warm ups, as well 
as pink socks and ribbons during 
the game to show their support 
for the initiative. 

In 2009, the movement raised 
over $1.3 million for breast can- 
cer awareness and research. Over 
1,600 teams and organizations 
are involved in the WBCA Pink 

with breast cancer," Earla Griggs 

"I have finished my round of 
[treatments], and I'm OK now." 

She said she found out through a 
mammogram and was diagnosed 
in Stage 1, incredibly lucky that 
they caught it so early. 

"I would never have known oth- 
erwise," she said. She recommend- 
ed every woman to get a mammo- 
gram, just in case. 

D. Griggs commented after the 
game on how this experience has 
affected her and her insight into 
the worldwide fight against breast 

"You see a whole different per- 
spective; because until [breast can- 
cer] really affects you personally, 
it's hard to really see it from that 
side," D. Griggs said. 

All the girls on the team united 
for this experience as well. Not 
only in wearing pink to support 
the initiative, but the enthusiasm 
they brought with them really 
helped them win the game. 

"I feel like it pulled us together 
tonight, we had a lot more en- 
thusiasm just for the main cause," 
Fleischmann said. 

Unfortunately, especially in this 
day and age, the Griggs family 
is not the only one to battle the 
disease. Breast cancer has shown 
to be increasingly more common 
even within the last decade. 

"So many people have it, it has 
become so common. Everyone 
knows at least one other person 
who has battled it, or knows some- 
one who has it," D. Griggs said. "It 
would be so great to find a cure." 

Fleischmann, Taylor Autry and 
Alex Nelson all said they too have 
someone close to them who has 
batded the disease. 

"These games and initiatives 
are important because then more 
people can become aware," Autry 
said. "And that brings it closer to 
the heart." 

Even those who may not have 
personal stories joined the initia- 
tive and showed their support by 
attending events like these. 

"It's nice to see the enthusiasm 
and support for breast cancer 
awareness at this game tonight, 
both on the court and in the 
crowd" E. Griggs said. 

Between sporting pink bandan- 
as, T-shirts, ribbons and educating 
the public, these people truly make 
a difference for everyone involved. 

"I was really happy to see a good 
turn out. All the people wearing 
pink and cheering; it was inspiring 
to see that people really care," D. 
Griggs said. 

The Regals improved to 9-1 in 
the conference and 17-4 overall. 

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Vol. 55 Number 3 

Students answer call to action and help Haiti 


lyssa Harris 
Staff Writer 

CLU students expressed their 
creativity while providing relief 
efforts to the country of Haiti and 
its citizens, who have been affect- 
ed by the tragic earthquake. 

On Thursday, Feb. 18, CLU 
students, graduates and com- 
munity members joined together 
in the Samuelson Chapel to per- 
form and enjoy different acts 
that would bring donations to 
the people affected by the Haiti 

The benefit concert was put to- 
gether by senior Casey Kloehn 
and junior [esse Knutson, and the 
performances and speeches were 
all done by CLU students and 

The performances ranged from 
Stacy Gross singing an original 
song on her guitar, to The Quar- 
tets singing "Oh Sister" by Bob 
Dylan to Diane Machin perform- 
ing a Flamenco dance. All par- 
ticipants displayed their talents 
in order to benefit the people of 

"I loved the unity and spirit that 
everyone brought to the stage," 
said senior Amanda Wallace, a 
member of the Quartets. "I was 
impressed with how everyone 
rose to the occasion. Everyone 
chose the right pieces because it 
illuminated the spirit of hope and 

During the concert, a transfer 
student from Haiti spoke to the 
audience about what this concert 
means personally to him and to 

Photo by Robyn Poytncr - Staff Photograph 
Live Hope: Musical group 'Sound The Sky' performs at CLU's Haiti Benefit concert last Wtursday. As of Monday 
Feb. 22 $876 had been collected from the Haiti Benefit Concert. 

the people of his country. He ex- 
plained that the performances 
that occurred that night were 
enabling his country to put the 
pieces back together again. 

In his speech, he explained that 
what touched him the most was 
despite the fact that we may not 
know a single person in Haiti, we 
still wanted to help. 

The benefit concert was put on 
completely by the students of 
CLU, and they were all volunteers 
who wanted to perform their tal- 
ents for the Haiti cause. 

"I enjoyed seeing how people 
cared and seeing how much they 
were willing to give, such as their 

time and talents," Knutson said. 

In an effort to provide relief, 
there were donation boxes that 
were set up with six different or- 
ganizations' names on them. 

The donations that were made 
will go straight to the organiza- 
tions that will help the people of 

The people of Haiti are still 
struggling from the earthquake 
over a month after, and they need 
all the help they can get. 

Andrew Brown, alumnus of 
CLU, has traveled to Haiti for the 
past five consecutive years. 

One of the experiences he had 
was building houses for the peo- 

ple of Haiti, as it is still a develop- 
ing country. 

He explained that the people of 
Haiti are people of hope, convic- 
tion and strength. 

During his speech, he told the 
audience that the Haitians will 
survive this tragedy, and it will 
only make them stronger. How- 
ever, he said that our helpful ef- 
forts will not go unnoticed. 

"It's always great when students 
are given a chance to express their 
talents and gifts," Brown said. 

"Especially in a way that people 
that aid the healing process dur- 
ing the aftermath of such a tragic 
event," Brown said. 

All access just one ID swipe away 

Jakie Rodriquez 
Staff Writer 

In a perfect world, one card 
would integrate with all areas of 
the CLU campus, work as a debit 
card, connect with auxiliary ser- 
vices and better serve all students 
and faculty. 

That perfect world may be com- 
ing to California Lutheran Uni- 
versity sooner than one would 
expect. On Feb. 8, Senate unani- 
mously passed (16-0) the On- 
eCard Resolution, which was 
presented to the Board of Regents 
this past weekend. 

One of the many features of the 
card would eliminate some safety 
concerns as it would "effectively 

monitor who is going in and out 
of every building on campus, said 
Mayan White, junior and chair of 
the Student Experience commit- 

The Student Experience com- 
mittee of Senate developed the 
resolution after listening to the 
desires of students and seeking to 
improve life on campus. 

One of the features would pos- 
sibly allow students to add money 
onto their cards through the use 
of the Blackboard system or an- 
other similar one. 

Additional features include a 
debit-like function and laundry 

The debit function would "enable 
use at the bookstore, on-campus 

dining facilities and also could 
be potentially used at off-campus 
restaurants like Starbucks, Three 
Amigos and similar surrounding 
places like that," White said. 

However, despite the advantages 
that the card may have, it could be 
a while before it is put into effect. 

If the Board of Regents de- 
cides to approve the resolution, 
the installation for applying the 
OneCard system at CLU can be 

"[The installation requires] se- 
rious technology and infrastruc- 
ture upgrades that are both costly 
and time consuming," said Sally 
Lorenston, assistant director of 
Student Life. 

However, if the card is put into 

use, it is expected to solve some of 
the problems that the current sys- 
tem faces. 

"It will eliminate many of the 
behind-the-scenes issues that 
our ISS, Campus Public Safety, 
Student Life and Campus Din- 
ing staffs deal with now, and will 
open up new possibilities for ser- 
vices we can provide to students," 
Lorenston said. 

Some students are already excit- 
ed about the possibility of having 
the OneCard system in place. 

"I think it is a great idea; that 
way there won't be so many things 
to carry or take care of," freshman 
Miriam Velasco said. 

Another disadvantage to the 

[See ONECARD, Page 3] 


Students forced 
to relocate to 
campus house 

Henrik Gjertsen 
Staff Writer 

The 2010 spring semester is well 
underway, but flooding as a result 
of heavy rain over the last couple 
of weeks has made the start of a 
new semester for three CLU stu- 
dents more chaotic than expect- 

The dorm room of Kelsey Blass- 
ingame, Teresa Bandurian and 
Hay Mun Win has flooded twice 
this semester. During the first 
week of the semester, the room 
flooded and they were forced out 
ff of their room. 

« The three stu- 

_ , . dents spent a 

foundation night at a local 

seemed to hotel. 

have been They were 

damaged. moved back 

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carpet there four days in 

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that don't as repairs were 

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Resident then flooded 

Assistant during the 

South Hall n ext storm 

"~* and the trio 

were forced out of their room 

again. However, this relocation 

became permanent. 

Because of the continuing prob- 
lem in South Hall, the three soph- 
omores have been moved into a 
campus house on Luther Street 
for the rest of the semester. 

"The [first) weekend we had no 
chance of getting any homework 
done because all of our stuff was 
back in the lounge in our dorm, 
and none of us has a car to drive 
back and forth," Bandurian said. 

While there has been no per- 
manent or visible damage to the 
building during the days of 

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February 2010 


Facebook reinventing the way we communicate 

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Facebook by the 

4,068 people on the Cal 
Lutheran network 

400 million active 
users worldwide 

35 million users 
update their status each 

60 million status 
updates posted each day 

An average user has 130 
friends on the site 

An average user writes 
25 comments on 

Facebook each month 

According to 
Transferring data from a collective 

Jenny Guy 
Staff Writer 

In February 2004, college students Mark Zuck- 
erberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and 
Eduardo Saverin launched a revolutionary social 
media site called Facebook from their Harvard 
dorm room. The site has been reshaping society 
ever since. 

According to "A Brief History of Facebook" 
by Sarah Philips, the site was originally called 
Facemash. This Web site was a Harvard knock- 
off of the popular "Hot or Not" site, where young 
adults were matched up against each other and 
people voted on who was hot or not. However, 
it wasn't long before Facebook was transformed 
into something more than just a tool to pass 

Facebook Nation 

Today, Facebook has evolved into a several bil- 
lion dollar Web site maintaining a mission to 
satisfy every social networking need. In only six 
years, Facebook has gained over 400 million ac- 
tive users and has become one of the world's fast- 
est growing Web sites. 

The average user spends more than 55 minutes 
per day on Facebook and the site is reported to 
have more than 60 million status updates posted 
daily, according to Facebook 's Fact Sheet. 

With this kind of activity, it is no secret that 
Facebook has become a major part of everyday 

"Nearly everyone I know uses Facebook. It's not 
just for college students anymore," said Noelle 
Kraus, a junior at California Lutheran University. 

According to associate communication profes- 
sor at UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Miriam Metzger, 
"In 2006, Facebook was named the second most 
popular item by undergraduates, tying with beer 
and ranked lower only to the iPod," in her speech, 
"Privacy 2.0: Managing Privacy in Social Net- 
working Environments," held at CLU on Feb. 11. 

Metzger also noted that, in 2008, social net- 
working sites surpassed the use of e-mail and, in 

2009, Facebook became the second most popular 
Web site after Google. 

"If Facebook were a country, it would be the 
third most populous country behind only China 
and India," Metzger said. 

But when any new innovative form of media 
becomes widely adopted, a shift in society as we 
know it, is bound to occur. 

Facebook of Relationships 

One major issue, many contend, is that Face- 
book is changing the fundamental nature of re- 

"There's two sides to this debate," said Dr. Rus- 
sell Stockard, associate communication professor 
at CLU. "One saying, yes, relationships are being 
changed: they are turning more superficial and 
that it's the quantity not quality of relationships 
that matters." 

On the other hand, Stockard explains, some 
research has indicated that this isn't necessarily 
true, and it is possible for these relationships to 
be just as strong online as in person. 

"It certainly gives you the opportunity to be in 
contact with more people. It is now possible for 
people to have rich relationships with individuals 
they might not have the chance to be in physical 
contact with," Stockard said. 

He explains, that the reason for this is because 
Facebook is able to overcome the boundaries 
of time and distance, making it "fairly easy to 
maintain some form of relationship, even if indi- 
viduals are on opposite sides of the planet." 

Dr. Jean Sandlin, communication instructor 
at CLU, adds to this approach, explaining that 
older generations who have spent the majority of 
their lives without this new media. "Digital im- 
migrants," as Sandlin describes them, are having 
a difficult time understanding how the "digital 
natives," those who grew up using this technol- 
ogy, are maintaining social relationships without 
being in physical contact. 

Sandlin explains that relationships are not 
necessarily stronger or weaker due to social net- 
working sites, rather it is the way we view and de- 

fine relationships that has changed. 

"People tend to be anti-social toward network- 
ing sites because they think it takes away from 
the traditional relationship, but what the research 
is actually showing is just a definition change," 
Sandlin said. 

She explains that changes in traditional defini- 
tions are a common occurrence when something 
new is introduced to a culture, forcing a response. 

"I think Facebook 's success is based largely on 
the fact that it's not just about social networking 
anymore. Aside from reconnecting with friends 
through wall posts, sharing pictures and videos 
and sending invitations for events, you can create 
an identity" senior Courtney Murphy said. 

Self Identity and Facebook 

In an article titled "Virtual Friendship and the 
New Narcissism," Christine Rosen describes a 
change in the individual's expression of self iden- 

Rosen catalogs the progression of human na- 
ture in our desire to be socially accepted by re- 
vealing not only who we are, but who we want 
others to think we are. 

"Social networking Web sites like Myspace and 
Facebook, are modern self-portraits. They fea- 
ture background music, carefully manipulated 
photographs, stream-of-consciousness musings 
and lists of our hobbies and friends. They are in- 
teractive, inviting viewers not merely to look at, 
but also to respond to, the life portrayed online," 
Rosen said in her article. 

From creating relationships, keeping in touch 
without the restraints of time and space and fos- 
tering a sense of individual identity, social media 
seems to be becoming increasingly embedded in 
our society. 

When asked about the future of social media, 
Stockard said, "It's going to grow a lot more be- 
fore reaching its full potential, and there are 
enough indicators demonstrating the longevity 
of its importance in our society that we can pre- 
dict that social media and sites like Facebook are 
more than a fad." 

Privacy or popularity: the choice is yours on Facebook 

Gannon Smith 
Staff Writer 

An example of a response to a 
male Facebook stalker: 

"Ewww! Why does this guy 
keep leaving creepy posts on my 

An example of a response to a 
message from a female: 

"Why did that weird girl send 
me a message again that just says 
"I see you walking through cam- 
pus... yumm..." 

Every day CLU students experi- 
ence the positives and negatives 
of public social networking sites 
(SNS) like Facebook. One of the 
biggest issues now facing students 
with SNS is the right of privacy. 

Miriam J. Metzger, associate 
director of the Center for Film, 
Television and New Media at the 

University of California, Santa 
Barbara, recently came to Cali- 
fornia Lutheran University to dis- 
cuss this developing issue. 

Metzger pointed to different 
issues causing concern for stu- 
dents. Law enforcement and col- 
lege administrators have started 
to use Facebook for disciplinary 

Currently at CLU, residential 
assistants can document students 
for pictures that are taken in resi- 
dential halls that contain alcohol. 

Facebook is being used more 
and more by potential employers, 
parents and professors to gather 
information and the idea of per- 
manence of information and con- 
tent displayed on Facebook has 
become a concern. 

Another issue when examin- 
ing personal privacy on a SNS, is 

determining what is considered 
public content, and what is con- 
sidered private content. 

Some users of Facebook or 
Myspace would say that anything 
they put on their profiles is pri- 
vate property and cannot be used 
as evidence by law enforcement, 
or for any other use, but they are 

The Internet is considered a 
public place, so virtually any- 
thing posted or uploaded is con- 
sidered viewable by anyone for 
almost any purpose. 

Many students are aware of who 
can see their profiles and yet, do 
little to block these people in or- 
der to make their profile more 
private. Metzger calls this the 
"privacy paradox." 

"Students are more concerned 
about online privacy than terror- 

ism, or global warming, but they 
still fail to take any action to pro- 
tect their privacy," Metzger said. 

In accordance with this new 
trend, Metzger says, "We need to 
rethink privacy." 

So the question is: how much 
information should a student put 
online in order to maintain their 
privacy and their social life? 

"If we withdraw completely 
from any SNS, we will be isolated, 
but you don't want to put every- 
thing out there, then you'll be 
weird," Metzger said. 

The idea is to find a "balance" 
between a student's privacy and 
their social life. 

"After my Facebook profile was 
hacked, I realized that I was shar- 
ing too much information," said 
Emily Hnath, a sophomore at 
CLU. "So I now use all the privacy 

settings on Facebook and only al- 
low my friends to have access to 
my profile." 

While not everyone can see her 
profile, Hnath is still able to stay 
connected with her friends. By 
using all of the privacy settings, 
she is able to avoid future inva- 
sions of her privacy. 

At one point Metzger asked all 
the CLU students in the audience, 
how many of them have changed 
the default privacy settings on 
their Facebook, over half of all the 
students raised their hand. 

For many CLU students, Face- 
book is a way of life, allowing 
them to stay connected socially, 
but many students should take 
another look at their Facebook 
privacy settings in order to ensure 
that they know who has access to 
the content they post and upload. 

February . , 2010 

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NEWS - Page 3 

Afternoon hike turns into overnight adventure for students 

Two CLU 
students airlifted 
out of Malibu 


t reanna Woodhouse 
' Staff Writer 

CLU MBA student Fredrik Has- 
sel and junior Brooke Hall were 
airlifted out of Malibu Canyon 
after their roommates grew con- 
cerned when they didn't return 
home from a hike last Monday. 

The couple set out on Backbone 
Trail in Santa Monica Mountains 
off Kanan Road around 3 p.m. 
with their roommate's dog. 

After hiking for two hours, the 
couple was about to turn around 
when another group of hikers 
told them that if they kept going, 
they would run into the trail that 
would lead them out of the can- 
yon and back to the parking lot. 

"We had the dog with us so we 

thought continuing forward was 
a better idea," Hall said. 

"However, the other group mis- 
calculated how far ahead the trail 
was and it got too dark before 
we could reach it. We had a cell 
phone but there was no service." 

The L.A. County Sheriffs De- 
partment said the hikers made 
the right choice by deciding to 
stay overnight and not try hiking 
in the dark. 

"They got a little too far out, 
and it got dark and the area down 
there is pretty treacherous. And 
you can't really negotiate that ter- 
rain at night, so they just stayed 
put," Sgt. Tul Wright of the Los 
Angeles County Sheriffs Depart- 
ment told KABC. 

Once nighttime set in, the 
couple climbed up the side of a 
mountain where, using his mili- 
tary training, Hassel built a small 
hut made out of sticks where they 

Hall and Hassel's friends called 
the police around midnight after 
the couple did not return home 

from their hike. 

"I was only nervous because 
we had my roommate's dog and 
didn't want her to worry," Hall 
said. "My boyfriend and I both 
knew we were going to be fine 
but we knew our friends would 
freak out and we had no way to 
tell them we were OK. I felt safe 
when Fredrik made us a shelter." 

Hall and Hassel had a few 
scrapes and cuts, but did not sus- 
tain any serious injuries. 

With the nighttime tempera- 
tures dropping, the couple used 
grass and the dog to keep them 

As Hal! and Hassel were climb- 
ing down the mountain the next 
morning, the ground crew found 
them as well as the four other 

All six hikers were safely air- 
lifted out of the canyon. 

"We didn't feel that we needed 
to be rescued but we are happy 
that we have people who care 
enough to worry about us," Hall 

Backbone Trail System 

CLU students Brooke Hall and Fredrik Hassel headed out for an 
afternoon hike on the Backbone Trail last Monday. 





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In Brooke's Words 

"I feel horrible that there were 
a lot of people who were worried 
about us all night, but we were 
fine and we actually had an en- 
joyable time. 

However, there are a few things 
I learned from this experience. 

I learned to always bring a 
sweater in case it gets cold, 
have a service provider other 
than AT&T so you can tell your 

friends not to overreact and 
have a boyfriend with military 
experience who knows how to 
quickly build a shelter. 

Of course those things aren't 
really needed if you pay atten- 
tion to what time the sun goes 
down and plan your hike ac- 
cordingly, but where's the fun in 

—Brooke Hall 

Residents moved to 
campus house 

[WEATHER, From Page 1] 
hard rain, there still is a reoccur- 
ring problem in the room, which 
makes it impractical for students 
to be living there. 

There has been given no clear in- 
dication to why this one room on 
the whole of CLU campus keeps 
having leaks during raining. 

Michael Zavala, Resident Assis- 
tant in South, was on duty when 
he was called to check on the 

"The foundation seemed to have 
been damaged. Beneath the car- 
pet there are cracks, which don't 
hold the concrete properly to- 
gether," Zavala said. "But it is not 
safe to say what exactly caused the 

As the room continues to flood 
it has become apparent to those 
involved in the matter that the 
problem that caused the original 
leak is not the same problem that 
continues to cause water to seep 
up through the floor. 

Facilities will continue to search 

for a solution to the problem. 

"There are cracks in the con- 
crete, but they aren't necessar- 
ily what caused the last flooding. 
There is no main structural prob- 
lem or concern to why the room 
keeps getting flooded," said Mark 
Jacobsen, director of Facilities 

But as for how the water keeps 
finding its way in, there is no clear 

"We still don't know the exact 
cause of the flooding in this suite 
of South Hall," said Bill Rosser, 
dean of students. 

"That is being assessed now as we 
don't want to assign any students 
to that space until we are sure we 
have the problem solved and are 
confident that future residents 
won't experience these problems." 
As of now, all the girls can do is 
wait for the problem to be found." 

In the meantime, the girls are 
trying to patiently wait for an an- 
swer to the relocation stress. 

"I guess we'll have to wait till 
next time it rains to see if the 

Executive Cabinet elections held 


reanna Woodhouse 
Staff Writer 

ASCLUG Executive Cabinet 
elections resulted in Ryan Strand 
as Programs Board director, 
Daniel Pell as Senate director 
and a runoff election between 
Jesse Knutson and Evan Clark 
for president. 

Presidential candidate Clark 
received 45.5 percent of the vote; 
Knutson received 24.4 percent 
of the vote and Cassidy Hallagin 
received 27.1 percent of the vote. 

Hallagin was a write-in candi- 
date after being disqualified. 

In order to win any position a 
candidate must have attained at 
least 50 percent of the votes. 

A runoff election was held 
Monday for the office of presi- 
dent. Clark was named president 
however, the paperwork has al- 
ready been filed for a potential 
recall of the election. 

ASCLUG is broken up into 
three sections; Executive Cabi- 
net, Senate and Programs board. 

Executive Cabinet is comprised 
of three elected members: the 
ASCLU president, Senate direc- 
tor and Programs Board director. 

Senate oversees all club fund- 
ing, allocates money for different 
school projects and passes reso- 
lutions voicing student concerns. 


Programs Board director duties 
include running weekly meet- 
ings, overseeing the passing of 
legislation, keeping track of pro- 
gramming needs and overseeing 
the $86,100 budget. 

The ASCLUG president is a vot- 
ing member of the Board of Re- 
gents, a member of student gov- 
ernment's Executive Cabinet, an 
advisory member of the Alumni 
Board and is responsible for ap- 
pointing students to various uni- 
versity committees. 

"The thing I like most about 
ASCLUG is that all the people 
involved are all passionate about 
their school and their fellow stu- 
dents. They do all of this work 
for the students out of their own 
time, with little recognition. 
They are there for the students," 
Knutson said. 

Knutson has been a member of 
ail three branches of student gov- 
ernment. Last year he was Pro- 
grams Board director. 

Clark has been involved in AS- 
CLUG for the past three years, 

and for the past two years he has 
served as a committee chair for 
Programs Board and has planned 
various events. 

"I decided to run for president 
because I want to totally change 
our student government struc- 
ture, Web site and interaction 
with students," Clark said. 

"I want to create a place for stu- 
dent feedback, create better ways 
to contact your student govern- 
ment representatives and finally 
push for more transparency." 

Clark believes that only once 
these changes are made, then 
student government will best be 
able to represent the student in- 

Ryan Strand has served on the 
executive cabinet as Programs 
director this year. 

"My goal is to gain the knowl- 
edge of what students want to see 
happen with the programming 
here on campus so that we can 
have constant attendance at ev- 
ery event," Strand said. 

Senate and Programs board 
meetings occur every Monday 
night and are open to any student 
on campus. 


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system, is in the possibility of 
one losing it. 

"[One] down side is that if the 
card is lost or misplaced, then 
one could be in a bit of trouble," 
Velasco said. 

While the resolution passed in 
the Senate, it still remains to be 
seen whether or not campus au- 

thorities will seek to implement 
it soon. 

The resolution submitted by 
Senate "may simply move the 
OneCard system from its cur- 
rent place on the priority to a 
higher place, or it may move 
it to a top priority," Lorenston 

However, some students fee! 

that if the Board of Regents 
chooses to move forward and 
adopt the resolution, their deci- 
sion would be the right one for 

"[Approval from the Regents] 
would be a step in the right di- 
rection for continuing our cam- 
pus's commitment to excellence 
for students," White said. 

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On the ground in Haiti: student films relief efforts 


ourtney Minton 
Staff Writer 

A split second decision; that is all 
it took for senior business major 
Nick Magaurn to make the deci- 
sion to pack his bags and head to 

On Thursday, [an. 14, Magaurn's 
father gave him the chance to go 
to Haiti, and by Sunday he was on 
a plane to Port-au-Prince. 

"My dad presented me with the 
opportunity to go and I jumped 
on it. Saying no wasn't really an 
option in my mind," he said. 

The shock and enormity of what 
he was about to encounter when 
he landed in the devastated coun- 
try didn't hit him until he was 
aboard one of the many planes he 

Nick Magaurn 

~~ traveled on to get 
JT^ into the country. 

"I guess it's a 
good thing I told 
my dad I loved 
him," he said, 
"because this 
could be it," he 
Magaurn traveled to Port-au- 
Prince with his father's video 
production company to film for 
Medical Teams International as 
they assisted the ill and wounded 
in Haiti. 

His primary job while he was 
there was to do video work and 
capture still photos for MTI's 
fundraising for Haiti. 

As soon as the plane touched 
down, the first thing Magaurn did 

was pick up the camera and start 

"It's so overwhelming to be there 
that it took me until that night to 
even process the whole thing. Ev- 
erywhere you look there are peo- 
ple in the rubble," Magaurn said. 

Magaurn and the film crew were 
right in the center of it all. 

"The first day [in Haiti], there 
were a couple times that I strug- 
gled and had to hide behind the 
camera. After the initial shock of 
it all, I was there experiencing it 
through the lens and in person," 
Magaurn said. 

Staying in a guest house, which 
was not too damaged by the earth- 
quake, but still shook with the 6.1 
aftershock, they dealt with no run- 
ning water and intermittent tech- 

nology and electricity. 

The majority of the day was 
spent at the hospitals filming 
ft and capturing 

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[in Haiti], sundown. The 

there were doctors had t0 
couple times do ""Potions 
that I and fittings for 

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who want to 

help in any way is to send money. 
"They need food, water and 
medical supplies, but to get it 
down there they need money. 
Supplies are sitting at the airport, 

but they can't figure out how to 
get it out to the people without the 
money to support the delivery," 
Magaurn said. 

Magaurn and the rest of the 
camera crew boarded the last 
flight out of Haiti on a private jet 
and arrived back in Oregon on 
Friday, Jan. 22, to a very awkward 
hero's welcome. 

"You kind of lose your sense of 
purpose when you come back. I'd 
like to go back and continue to 
support the people of Haiti. They 
need so much more help than 
they'll ever get," he said. 

"I just did what anyone else 
would do. It changed me, and it's 
not something I planned on do- 
ing. It's easy when you just act on 

Dynamic duo 

Photo by Nicole Chang - Staff Pholographei 
Comeback: Dr. Elmer Ramsey conducts the choir in the chapel 

CLU's current and 
past maestros, 
Morton and 
Ramsey, band 


essa Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

Over the years, the Califor- 
nia Lutheran University Choir 
has committed to performing 
the finest in choral literature 
and consolidated its reputation 
throughout the Western states. 

This success is not only at- 
tributable to many generations 
of gifted students, but also to 
the conductors who have spent 
decades guiding them, among 
whom are Dr. Elmer Ramsey 
and Dr. Wyant Morton. 

Ramsey, a university professor 
with 40 years of experience, is 
a multitalented musician in the 
true sense. 

He started playing trumpet 

professionally at the age of 14 
and had his own '40s-style Big 
Band on the radio at 17. 

The North Dakota native at- 
tended the University of Port- 
land and began his conducting 
career at the age of 21, while still 
singing in a choir. 

Ramsey has dabbled with his 
musical gift in composing, ar- 
ranging and conducting a va- 
riety of genres, including clas- 
sical, jazz, musical theater and 
motion picture. 

Coming to CLU (then known 
as California Lutheran College) 
in 1965, Maestro Ramsey be- 
came a valuable addition to the 
music department, directing 
both the choir and orchestra. 

"In choral conducting, you 
have to shape the words as well 
as the music, basically telling a 
story with the words," he said, 
"For instrumental conducting, 
you've got more to deal with be- 
cause it involves more complex 
elements and a larger group of 

In 1972, he founded the Sher- 
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Photo by Nicole Chang - Staff Photographer 

Tradition Rings: "The Sounds brings colorful and pleasant-sounding tradition to CLU that dates back 50 years. 

Sounds of CLC celebrates 50 years 


rad Hendrickson 
Staff Writer 

With a tradition as old as the 
school itself, for CLU's 50th an- 
niversary, some of the oldest 
graduates reunited on Satur- 
day, Feb. 13, to bring back "The 
Sounds," a traveling student or- 

"The Sounds" began back when 
CLU wasn't a university, but in- 
stead was known as Cal Luther- 
an College. 

With friends, family, gradu- 
ates and current students in at- 
tendance, "The Sounds" of CLC 
concert was a tribute to the 
campus's 50 years of dedication 
to education, religious tradition 
and most important, it's exis- 
tence as a university. 

Under the guidance of Elmer 
Ramsey, who was the evening's 
conductor, the concert was put 
together with a professional 
touch of class. 

Daniel Geeting was one of the 
evening's special solo guests 
playing the clarinet. 

"Elmer is the 'original' profes- 
sional conductor in the Conejo 
Valley and has enormous respect 
as a musician and as a person 
from all those that work with 
him. This, most certainly, in- 
cludes me," Geeting said. 

"The Sounds" of CLC concert 
was full of songs of all types from 
old classics, to religious melo- 
dies and even dramatic tones. 

The current student and alum- 
ni orchestra was a great addition 
of sound to the voices of "The 

It sounded like the singers 
hadn't missed a beat since the 
first time they had sang together 
when "The Sounds" was created. 

Every song was on point and it 
was apparent that much dedica- 
tion, practice and talent was put 
into every moment of this per- 

With many solo special guests 
joining "The Sounds", it was a 
full orchestra filled with every 
type of instrument. 

Geeting, playing the clarinet, is 
a big part of CLU's current music 

program, which is always finding 
ways of growing and expanding. 

"We'll be dedicating Geeting 
Hall in the near future. This re- 
hearsal space is a great addition 
to our facilities and something 
that was needed," Geeting said. 

"This semester we will see visits 
from world famous musicologist 
Dr. J Peter Burkholder as well as 
famed composer Libby Larson." 

These visits contribute to the 
music program's efforts to ex- 
pand and keep its sounds fresh 
and exciting. 

What is in store for the future 
of "The Sounds of CLC" and 
CLU's current music program? 

"We are currently involved in a 
search for a director of bands, so 
our department will be expand- 
ing in the fall of 2010" Geeting 

"The Sounds" of CLC concert 
encompassed all emotions of 
CLU's 50 ,h anniversary, and with 
the continued hard work and 
dedication, CLU's 100 ,h anniver- 
sary will be just as beautifully 

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wood Singers and the Conejo 
Pops Orchestra, a choral group 
and symphony consisting of CLU 
alumni that has performed at 
the July 4 concert for the last 37 

Coincidentally, Ramsey retired 
from teaching at CLU the same 
year that Morton joined the staff 
as a choir director. 

Like his predecessor, it was nat- 
ural for Morton to choose this ca- 
reer path because of his involve- 
ment in music since his younger 

However, it was his under- 
graduate major in business that 
enables Morton to fulfill his duty 
as the chair of the Music Depart- 

"Now I spend 75 percent of my 
time doing administrative work 
and 25 percent conducting and 
teaching. I wish they were re- 
versed," he said. 

An energetic and hard-working 
instructor, Morton expects the 
same from his students. 

"I value students' commitment 

to being their best. I want them 
to give 100 percent even on the 
days they don't feel like doing so," 
he said. 

Yet, this choral conductor is by 
no means uptight. 
CC He embraces 

I have the liv el>ness and 
best Of all a keen sense of 
worlds. I live humor when 
across the interacting with 
street from students - 
where I work " He some ' 
and remain times dances 
close to my around t0 con - 
family." ' ve V a li S hter ' 
Dr. Ramsey more fun tone " 
professor/ He ' !1 8 et his an " 

musician gry, intense face 

on when we're 
singing some 
crazy German piece about fire 
and brimstone," said Katey Wade, 
senior music major and president 
of the CLU choir. 

Morton considers himself "one 

of those lucky people who wake 

up and go to work to do the thing 

they love." So does Ramsey. 

As a family-oriented person, 

Ramsey shares that two of the 
proudest achievements in his life 
include marrying his high school 
sweetheart, wife of 58 years 
Elaine, and raising their five chil- 
dren while teaching at CLU. 

"I have the best of all worlds. I 
live across the street from where 
I work and remain close to my 
family," he said. 

Ramsey received his honorary 
doctorate from CLU last year due 
to his outstanding contribution 
to the university and the field of 

Although retired, he is still busy 
working on projects. The most 
recent of which is the "Sounds 
of CLC: The Early Years" concert 
that took place in the Samuelson 
Chapel on Feb. 13. 

At the same time, Morton, lov- 
ingly nicknamed "dMo" by his 
students, is channeling his tal- 
ent and passion into running 
the Arete, a professional vocal 
ensemble that he recently estab- 
lished, and preparing the CLU 
choir for its Italy tour in the sum- 

The Fashion Plate: A Healthy Serving Each week 

The wonderful world of Alice 

Red Alert 
Last Thursday 
evening, I at- 
tended the Haiti 
benefit concert. 
I was thrilled 
to see that not 
only do we have 
Heather Taylor wonderfully tal- 
ented, generous individuals sur- 
rounding us each day on campus; 
much of those in attendance wore 
red to support Haiti. I strongly en- 
courage anyone who has any red 
articles of clothing in their closet 
to wear them. Your support will 
make all the difference. 

Now Entering Wonderland 

You know the drill. Use careful 
footing when around rabbit holes. 
Tea party attendance is manda- 
tory so be sure to avoid being late. 
Don't paint the roses red.. .or else 
it's off with your head. 

Only in the world of Alice in 
Wonderland could all of this be 

In March, with director Tim Bur- 
ton's fantastical re- imagination of 
Lewis Carroll's classic, we will get 
to see Wonderland in a very dif- 
ferent style than ever before. 

Until then, the fashion world 
is at work creating clothing that 
grows all the more curious and 

I had initially braced myself for 
the inevitable periwinkle shades 
to arrive by the droves to stores 

Nothing against such a lovely 
hue, but Zooey Deschanel did 
treat us to reintroducing our 
wardrobes to it, though not nearly 
for (500) Days. 

Alice is depicted in this adapta- 
tion as 19 years old, and as such 
the designs of dresses that have 
arrived are slightly edgier and 
more mature. 

Designer Sue Wong has created 
a line of gowns and party dresses 
inspired by the women in the film, 
with The Red Queen's strapless 
and bejeweled and Alices edged 
with lace. 

Sold in Bloomingdale's, this col- 
lection ranges in price from $400 
to nearly $700 for each piece, so 
a more affordable rabbit hole to 
fall down would be Kimchi Blue's 
chiffon dress set at Urban Outfit- 
ters. This flirty number mixes it 
up with shades of concord (plum), 
charcoal and cloak blue, the Alice 

Maybe Alice didn't carry any ac- 
cessories in the Disney film, but 
that hasn't prevented the world 
from creating trinkets she'd be 
sure to don with pride. 

And I do mean the world, as 
designer Stella McCartney and 

an assortment of Etsy shops have 
charm bracelets and necklaces ar- 
riving for purchase. 

Stella's bracelets feature cruelty- 
free white rabbits, top hats and 
symbols from decks of cards. Etsy 
store Lobe has necklaces adorned 
with tiny "Drink Me" vials and 

Finally, say these two words with 
me: Nicholas Kirkwood. 

I cannot even begin to describe 
the magnificent wonder of the Al- 
ice in Wonderland inspired shoes 
he has crafted. 

It's like a garden for your foot 
with red roses and leaves and per- 
fecdy tea party worthy with dan- 
gling teapots. 

Oh, I'm no good at describing 
these heels. Go ask Alice. 


Briefly, I'll mention once more 
the recent tragic loss of Alexander 
McQueen on Feb. 11. 

His designs were beyond any- 
thing we could have possibly 
imagined with their avant-garde 
futuristic styling, a world in which 
we anticipated each new runway 
show of his and were never disap- 

I deeply admired his creativity 
and passion for couture and know 
I am not alone when I say he will 
be deeply missed. 

Student studies in Mali 

Photo courtesy Brittany Rahn 

Family Portrait: Rahm is ail smiles with her homestay family in Mali. 


aley deVinney 
Staff Writer 

When most students think of 
a study abroad experience they 
envision beautiful countrysides, 
historical buildings and exciting 
city life. 

Junior Brittany Rahm, a psy- 
chology major, knew she wasn't 
looking for the usual study 
abroad experience. She picked 
Mali, a country in Africa that is, 
according to the Human Devel- 
opment Indices, one of the poor- 
est nations in the world. 

"It was one of those blind, just 
jump in situations. You know, 
you don't really know how it's go- 
ing to be but you have faith it's 
going to work out," Rahm said. 

Rahm, from day one, was im- 
mersed in everything Malian. 
In fact, one highlight of the trip 
was the homestays. The students 
were matched up with families 
living in Bamako, the capital of 

For about two and a half months 
they lived with the families, eat- 
ing the same food, experienc- 

ing the culture and learning what 
it was like being a citizen of Mali. 

"It's where I learned what I 
could handle," Rahm said, talk- 
ing about the responsibilities she 
was given on the trip. The stu- 
dents who choose to go on this 
trip are essentially living on their 

On a typical day, Rahm would 
wake up with the sun and get to 
school by 8 a.m. She had classes 
till noon, but the classes weren't 
normal classes. Instead the stu- 
dent attended seminars and went 
out on field studies. 

After lunch she and her class- 
mates would go on what they 
called "out-of-school activities." 
These would include things such 
as visiting a non -governmental 
organization or NGO and visit- 
ing hospitals. 

As Rahm describes it, the activ- 
ities were more "hands on." Her 
learning experiences weren't lim- 
ited to seminars and field studies 
though. Rahm also spent the last 
month of her trip gathering re- 
search for her independent 
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Margaret Nolan 

Matthew Kufeld 

Carly Robertson 

Caitlin Coomber 

Trace Ronning 

Doug Barnett 



Brooke Hal] 

Ms. Colleen Cason 

Lindsey Brittain 
Alex Lastort 
Hallie Walsh 
Mayan White 

Jonathan Cuimer 

February 24, 2010 

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FEATURES - Page 7 

He Said, She Said: A little of him, a little of her 

Paintballing: a strategic sport or dangerous warfare? 

Antoine Adams 

When I was younger I always 
wanted to go paintballing but nev- 
er had the time nor the friends to 
go out and do it. Therefore, when 
the opportunity came up, I decid- 
ed not to let it pass me by. The idea 
of paintballing sounded easy and 
I went into it thinking it was go- 
ing to be piece of cake. I thought 
it would be just like shooting Nerf 
guns at the park with a few friends. 
When Allie and I pulled up to the 
California Paintball Park, I knew 
all my thoughts and ideas of this 
sport were completely wrong. 

I came out of there thanking 
God that I was hit with just paint- 
balls and not bullets. There was no 
way I would survive in an actual 
war, due to the fact: 1) I never 
hit anybody or anything but a gas 
tank in the target practice section. 
2) I had no idea what I was do- 
ing and it showed every time. 3) I 
was constantly being yelled at by a 
40-year-old man because I wasn't 
hiding in the right place and he 
was right unfortunately. 

Paintballer's expertise range 
from one end of the spectrum to 

the other, You have the private 
players who look like it's their job 
to play paintball and know they 
are the best with their state-of- 
the-art guns. Then you have the 
average players who don't have 
their own gun, but play every 
week. Then, finally, you have Allie 
and me who don't even know how 
to hold the gun correctly. 

You look up and see there are 
15 people looking at you 50 yards 
away ready to shoot you on the 
start of the whisde. I never lasted 
long as my inexperience showed; 
as every new round started I al- 
ways got hit in less than 60 sec- 
onds, leaving me to watch. 

But I learned more by watching 
like how to hold the gun, aim, fire, 
reload, surrender and the main 
thing I learned by watching Allie 
is to always keep your head down 
and your mouth closed. 

After that I was solo going into 
war, with 14 strangers trying to 
set up a strategy on how to win. I 
really didn't think it was going to 
be serious, it felt like I was play- 
ing football and were drawing up 
plans to win. 

In the end of the games I came 
out of it with a few paintballs to 
the chest and the leg, and zero 

Paintballing is definitely a fun, 
out-of-the-ordinary thing to do 
when you've done everything else. 
I would suggest it to anybody and 
everybody to try at least once in 

his or her lifetime. 

Overall, I came out of the ex- 
perience better acclimated with 
the environment and with a bet- 
ter understanding of how paint- 
balling works. For future trips 
paintballing, I will definitely be 
better prepared for war and I will 
invite a small group of friends so 
that I'm not left to talk to myself 
once I get hit. 

The cost including the entry fee, 
mask, guns, and paintballs was 
$45. However, watching Allie get 
hit in the mouth in the first round 
of war was priceless! 

Alexandra Butler 

You might remember the scene 
in the movie "Ten Things I Hate 
About You" when the main char- 
acter Kat Stratford, played by 
Julia Stiles, is paintballing with 
bad boy Patrick Verona, played 
by the late Health Ledger. They 
are laughing in the sun and then 
she falls in the hay and they whip 
off their masks and kiss. Well, 
for my Valentines Day weekend, 
that's how I pictured my paintball 
experience. Movies have a really 
good way of making activities 

look more romantic than they re- 
ally are. I'd love to point out that 
the last thing about paintballing 
is romance. If you are thinking 
about going paintballing, I would 
suggest not to. OK, seriously, I 
would go with friends, lots of 
friends, who love you a lot. 

Every once in awhile people get 
the chance to reach outside their 
own element. Paintballing is defi- 
nitely something that will take 
every person into an alternate re- 
ality. The closest place to the CLU 
campus is CAL Paintball Park in 
Castaic, Calif. The park is set back 
away from the highway in a deso- 
late area. The war ground is old 
beat up sheds painted black and 
gray. The ground is sand and dirt. 
The bathrooms are portable pot- 
ties. It's a rough and tough area. 
It is very intimidating how much 
it resembles a war battlefield be- 
cause of the camouflage, men in 
boots, guns and sweat. I am not 
going to lie, my first thought was, 
"Oh no way Jose, I'm not going!" 

The problem is that there is no 
sympathy for new players. They 
are just victims and easy kills to 
the game. I have never held a gun 
in my life, and within 15 minutes I 
was in the middle of a war ground 
with people trying to shoot me. 
Well, they did... in the mouth. 
I cried, and stopped playing for 
the whole day. I honestly think 
my pink sweatshirt, make-up and 
new sneakers gave me away. 

Paintballing is the real deal. 
People use this "mock battlefield" 
as a hobby. Men were comparing 
guns, and each battleground had 
its own skill level. The most ironic 
visual was the picnic areas where 
families were taking a lunch 
break from the game. 

It just seems like such a violent 
family sport. It surprised me at 
how many rules and strategies 
people had to just shoot each 
other. There was even a ref man- 
aging each battle ground making 
sure people played fair. It's as if 
paintballers have their own code 
and culture. 

From this experience I came up 
with my own rules: 

Rule No. 1: Don't wear a pink 
sweatshirt surrounded by sweaty, 
armed, paintball professionals in 
the middle of the mountains. 

Rule No. 2: If you stay in one 
place for too long, you will get hit 
in the mouth and spit paint. 

Rule No. 3: Be Tough. 

The best part about paintballing 
is getting away from it all for the 
day. My one regret is not putting 
myself back out on the field. But, 
if you plan on going you need to 
be mentally prepared. It's really 
about just putting yourself out 
there and hoping for the best. 

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the Clinical Faculty, Lisa Buono, 
has been very involved with Black- 

"Blackboard has tremendous ca- 
pabilities" she said. Blackboard is 
the new version of Web CT and 
ERes, which she said are very out- 

The sophistication level of Black- 
board allows users to sync with 
Facebook, iPhone/iTouch and 
even Bing. 

The idea is to make course man- 
agement as simple as possible. This 
feature of connecting two systems 
is available while logged into Face- 
book. The Blackboard member 
may receive updates on new infor- 
mation on the Facebook Web site. 

The Associate Provost for Infor- 
mation Services, Julius Bianchi, 
thinks that Blackboard will be 
beneficial to every student and 
faculty member in the long-run. 

"The change from Web CT and 
ERes to Blackboard has been a 
gradual change, but it's time to 
learn something new that is more 
effective," he said. "All of the new 
Blackboard updates are very use- 
ful, but there are more features to 
be added in the future to facilitate 
the experience further." 

Blackboard has been introduced 
gradually into different courses, 
and experimented with by 62 fac- 
ulty members. 

At the end of the experimental 
courses there was a course evalua- 
tion that asked students what they 

thought about the new system. 

Eight hundred students were 
surveyed and 85 percent of the 
responses were positive, while 90 
percent of the students declared 
that Blackboard was easy to use. 

The feature currently under con- 
struction is the sites layout, how- 
ever, Blackboard is said to be a 
step above the university's current 
course management system. 

Yet, there have been some users 
that have struggled with this new 

Some features still seem a bit 
confusing for new users, which is 
making the switch a bit slow and 

"Sometimes it is very difficult 
to find certain information that 
doesn't have a specific folder" said 
Aubrie Smith, junior at CLU. 

Aubrie was enrolled in a course 
that used Blackboard. 

"The system has great potential, 
but definitely still needs some 
work," she said. 

Faculty members have been en- 
couraged to attend training ses- 
sions in which the uses of Black- 
board are thoroughly explained. 
However, there are many profes- 
sors that still use Web CT and 
ERes instead of blackboard. 

Not everyone is eager to invest 
the time and effort needed to learn 

The truth is that very soon every- 
one at CLU will have to take the 
time to learn Blackboard. 

study in Mali 

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study project. 

While much of her time was 
spent studying just like she would 
at Cal Lutheran, life was very dif- 
ferent in Mali. 

"The African way of life is just a 
lot more laid back. It's not about 
time. And it's not about the clock. 
It was a more casual way of doing 
things," Rahm said. 

During her free time, Brittany 

would go listen to the Reggae mu- 

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and would 

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Brittany Rahm she has been 

J unior given a broad- 
er view of the 
world she lives in. She arrived 
back in her hometown in Colo- 
rado last December.. 

After living in a society with so 
little she felt uncomfortable with 
the consumerism of Christmas. 

"You were so thrown into ev- 
erything you couldn't really think 
about how overwhelming it was. 
After a month or two months is 
finally when you start really pro- 
cessing it," Rahm said. "And I'm 
still processing things that hap- 
pened there. I don't think that's 
ever going to change." 

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the Jbcho 

February 24, 2010 

Recent events show need for election reform 

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 
couple weeks, you have noticed the plethora of posters 
circling campus and Facebook event invites promoting 
candidates for the ASCLUG Executive Cabinet elections. 

Some of you could care less who gets elected to lead the 
student body for the next school year. However, many 
students do care about the elections and feel passionate 
that their voices are heard. 

At the Echo, we too are passionate about fair elections. 
As the official student newspaper of California Lutheran 
University, we are obligated to report the facts as we know 
them to be true. 

Some key decisions of this year's election have been 
made behind closed doors and we think the student body 
deserves to know more information. 

A typical campaign week at CLU begins around 5 p.m. 
on the day the election packets are distributed to the 
candidates; this year's candidates met Feb. 9. They are 
then given time to campaign around campus through 
use of Facebook, mass messages, door-to-door meetings, 
personal events and this publication. 

The election packet contains a detailed list of rules 
candidates must agree to adhere to during the campaign 
process, all with the understanding if they choose to break 
these rules, they will be in jeopardy of disqualification as 
an official candidate. 

We as a publication do not advocate or support the 
breaking of any of these rules. 

However, we have come to learn that two presidential 
candidates chose to ignore these instructions — with two 
different outcomes. 

Candidate Jesse Knutson contacted the editor-in-chief 
the weekend prior to the first official campaign meeting 
about running a Letter to the Editor in the Feb. 10 edition. 
Once granted permission, the candidate submitted a letter 
detailing his qualifications and plans to the Echo's opinion 
editor on Sunday, Feb. 7. 

The letter was then read by the entire Echo editing staff 
of roughly a dozen people on Monday, Feb. 8, the day the 

publication is assembled for printing. For many editoral 
staff members, all of which are members of the voting 
student body, this was the first piece of information we had 
seen about the election. 

The paper was then delivered to the newspaper office on 
campus on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at noon — five hours before 
campaigning was to begin. Since all members of our editing 
staff are full-time students, the paper can sit outside of our 
office for hours at a time before it is brought inside, leaving 
it vulnerable for early pickup by a student. 

By using the Echo this way, Knutson had campaign 
material on campus, in a way that was accessible to voting 
members of the student body before campaigning was 
supposed to begin. 

The Election Committee became aware of this violation 
on Wednesday, Feb. 10, when the paper was distributed to 
the rest of the student body. However, since the publication 
wasn't officially distributed until campaigning had begun, 
it was deemed OK by the committee. 

As a publication, as soon as we became aware of this 
violation, we felt taken advantage of by the candidate 
because he used his knowledge of the Echo publication 
dates from being an Echo staff member to his benefit. 

A second candidate — Cassidy Hallagin — also violated 
campaign rules and was disqualified by the Election 
Committee. Once this candidate announced his running 
intentions, a peer wrote on his Facebook event page, 
denouncing another candidate. For this action committed 
by his peer, the candidate received a warning. 

Later that week, he hung a poster on the window in the 
Centrum. Taping a poster in that location is a violation 
of Student Life policy and he was disqualified from the 

Hallagin then decided to continue campaigning as a 
write-in for the presidency. After he was disqualified, it 
was discovered by the Election Committee that he had sent 
out a mass e-mail using a list serve of addresses to peer 
advisers. The Election Committee decided that this made 
him "completely disqualified;" yet he was still allowed to 

campaign as a write-in candidate. 

This strikes us as completely unfair. Why was this write- 
in candidate allowed to campaign, thinking he had the 
potential to win, when he would be ruled completely 
disqualified? And why was Knutson allowed another 
chance as a runoff candidate when he fell astray from the 
rules just as Hallagin did? 

Evan Clark, a third candidate, has run a campaign free 
of violations. He would go on to win the majority of the 
votes, although not enough to avoid a runoff. 

We believe all three of the original candidates should 
have still been allowed to stay in the race. 

Hallagin, the write-in candidate, received roughly 25 
percent of the vote — the second highest percentage 
received in the election. However, because he was deemed 
to be "completely disqualified," he was not allowed to be in 
Monday's runoff election despite being the second favorite 
candidate of the student body. 

In fact, recall paperwork has already been approved for 
the runoff election that was completed Monday with Clark 
coming out as president. 

The vote for the recall will be taking place after our 
production date. If two-thirds of the student body vote 
"yes" to approve the recall, then the elections will begin 
fresh for a second time, open to any interested student. 

The Echo editorial staff believes campus elections have 
become too complex. They are more a competition to see 
who can best abide by the strict rules than a mechanism to 
select the candidate who the student body believes actually 
has the best qualifications and ideas for the school's future. 

Unfortunately, with this year's election, current runoff and 
upcoming recall, it seems there is no way that next years 
ASCLUG president will be elected fairly as everyone is 
already feeling so many biases toward all three candidates. 

By the time the recall of the runoffhappens, few members 
of the student body will still care enough to vote in the first 
place and this is an extremely depressing thought when 
you consider nothing less than our school's future is at 

Eastern philosophy of relaxation can better health 

The alarm goes off. 

It's 8:30 am. andyou have 30 minutes 
to get dressed. You must shake off last 
night and jump headfirst into the day 
before class begins at 9 am. 

If you got at least five hours of sleep 
after working at your job and battling 
through homework, the morning 
may not be so rough. 

Nevertheless, there is a laborious 
pace to our lifestyle's rhythm; "go, go, 

Living with the mind-set of all action 
and no time left for reflection, it is very 
easy to let the idea of serenity take a 
backseat to the idea of accomplishing 
things on a never-ending list labeled 
"to do." 

As college kids, we want to do it alL 
get good grades and have a fulfilling 
social life. We want to join clubs, 
attend meetings and have time to 
run errands and work to support 

And frankly, we want to hurry up 
and get all of it done so we can move 
onto life as post-grads. 

The benefits of leading a relaxing life 
are widespread and well-known. 

Still, making time for meditation 
or relaxing is challenging. 
Oftentimes, relaxation breaks feel 
counterproductive because we spend 
the time worried about how we will 
tackle our to-do list when relaxation 
time is over. 

The mind is a powerful entity 
capable of creating and transforming. 
However, asking it to be calm and 
clear does not mean it will listen. 

In the Buddhist tradition, 
mindfulness or sari is a crucial 

Mindfulness involves developing 
a full consciousness about you and 
within you. In other words, being 
completely aware and immersed in 
the present moment and the present 

Relaxation can be attained in a 
specific posture, or simply going 
about your day. It does not require 
anything but your intention to 
achieve it Notice it is not your desire 
to achieve, but your intention — your 

From a Buddhist perspective, to 
desire is to suffer. 

Centuries after Buddha passed 
away, his teachings were widely 
interpreted and taught, depending 
upon the individual who interpreted 

Many different schools of thought 
came into existence at this time, but 
uniting them was a tenet inherent 

to all Buddhist philosophy: life is 
suffering, or dukkha. 

For suffering to stop, we must cease 
to want more happiness and less pain, 
and instead focus on nonresistance 
and acceptance. It is wiser to relinquish 
control over everything and then 
watch as the road-blocking towers 
that once stood before everything 
come falling down with the weight of 
the world. 

When you do decide to attempt to 

relax in the five minutes after your 
alarm goes off and you stumble out 
of bed, do not seek to change your 
thoughts, but simply monitor. 

After removing these thoughts 
cluttering your mind, you would 
still be you — but fully capable and 
functioning, and even more powerful 
and creative without all of the 
distracting thoughts from days and 
persons past 

Once re-charged with a little 

tranquility, it is easier to go about your 
day and accomplish all of the other 
25,000 things on your list 

Additionally, your overall health 
will be impacted positively, with a 
reduced heart rate, a slight drop in 
blood pressure, increased blood flow 
through the body and to the brain and 
the ability to attain a better sleep. 

All of which can make your 
morning meeting with the alarm 
clock a bit more pleasant 

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the Echo 

OPINION - Page 9 

Letters to the Editor 

The following letter to the editor 
was written in response to the 
Feb. 1 article, "ASCLUG's 
spending is off target." 

Dear Editor: 

I would like to address some 
factual errors printed in Gabby 
Gomez's article. 

First, the Senate does not a 
have $150,000 budget. 

Senate gets approximately 

In addition, CLU Programs 
Board bases their budget on 
about $90,000 and they are 
responsible for planning Club Lu 
events, Homecoming and spring 
formal dances, if they choose. 

Clubs and organizations get 
approximately $ 1 22,292 for 
funding, which is a separate 
budget than that of Senate. 

Senate reviews and approves 
clubs and organizations requests 
for funds at the annual spring 

However, the money used for 
clubs and organizations comes 
from the club's and organization's 
budget, not Senate's. 

Since these budget numbers 
are in direct correlation to the 
number of students enrolled at 
CLU, this can change once the 
census numbers are received. 

As a reminder, all of our 
meetings are open to the public. 
The scheduled dates are posted 

Gomez stated how long it took 
for bar stools in Trinity to be 
approved and purchased. 

The bar stools did not take two 
months for approval. They were 
brought up in a meeting for 
initial discussion earlier in the 
semester, but the project was not 
formally brought to the table for 
a vote until much later. 

There is a set process for 
approving projects funded by 
Senate, including an initial 
discussion, the drafting of a bill, 
placement on the Senate agenda 
and a final vote. 

The Senate always tries its best 
to ask students what they want, 
and I remind senators almost 
every meeting to ask their 
friends and other students what 
they want to see happen at the 


Since the senators were elected 
by students, they should listen to 
their input. 

In the past, we have conducted 
polls but don't always get the 
best participation. 

This semester, we introduced 
Survey Monkey on Facebook 
as a new means of gathering 

I encourage CLU senators 
to search campus to see what 
needs to be done, as well as ask 
other offices and clubs what they 
would like to see. I also do this 

Gomez wrote about wanting 
more cardio equipment and spin 
bikes for the fitness center. 

Personally, I would love to 
see these things, too; however, 
what we would like is not always 

If she had talked with Clark 
Cripps about this as one of my 
senators did, Gomez would have 
found out that there's no room 
for more equipment. 

The gym is full as is. If she 
knows of a way to create more 
room for the, perfect! If not, 
well, we can't do much there. 

As Gomez said, we can't read 
your mind; let us know what 
you want. Senate's meetings 
are Monday nights at 5:20 p.m. 
in Nygreen 1. Programs Board 
meetings are Monday nights at 
7:15 p.m. in the SUB. As I said 
before, they are open meetings, 
so come on over and make your 
voices heard. 

Beth Peters Berry 
Senate Director 

Dear Editor: 

ASCLUG would like to formally 
apologize to all attendees of 
the Club Lu event, The Dating 

Any actions that may have 
offended students were not the 
intent of Student Government 

Club Lu is to be a safe and 
welcoming environment for all 
students every week. 

If anyone was upset by any 
comments made, please feel free 

to contact ASCLUG Programs 
Board director Ryan Strand at 

We hope this won't change 
your decision to attend future 
events and we look forward to 
creating better and innovative 
programming on the Cal 
Lutheran campus. 

Ryan Strand 

ASCLUG Programs Board 


Dear Editor: 

Graduating students may 
purchase their graduation stoles 
through the CLU Multicultural 
and International Programs 
Office office or on Senior Salute 
Day in the SUB. 

Every U.S. college or university 
has its own special traditions 
when it comes to graduation 
ceremonies and the regalia that 
students wear. 

Doctoral gowns are unique to 
each institution, but masters 
gowns, with their colorful hoods 
are consistent throughout the 

CLU also offers international 
students the opportunity to 
purchase silk stoles that are 
reflective of their country's flag. 

At CLU, we honor the traditions 
of the past. Our graduates wear 
the traditional black cap and 
gowns inspired by medieval 

Undergraduates get a hood that 
is highlighted by the purple and 
gold colors of the university. 

Our masters' graduates wear the 
bell shaped sleeve from Tudor-era 

Their hoods indicate their 
specialties — the brown for MBA 
students, the gold for education, 
and so on. 

Our doctoral graduates have a 
gown that is specifically designed 
to reflect their special degree. 

At CLU, our multicultural and 
international students reflect 
their cultures with the stoles that 
they wear. 

Linda Catanzaro Boberg 
Assistant Director, Multicultural 
& International Programs 

Editorial Matter: the Echo staff welcomes comments on its 
articles as well as on the newspaper itself. However, the staff 
acknowledges that opinions presented do not necessarily 
represent the views of our editing staff, ASCLUG or that of 
California Lutheran University, the Echo reserves the right 
to edit all stories, editorials, letters to the editor and other 
submission for space restrictions, accuracy and style. All 
submissions become property of the Echo. 

Advertising Matter: Except as clearly implied by the advertis- 
ing party or otherwise specifically stated advertisements in the 
Echo are inserted by commercial activities or ventures identi- 
fied in the advertisements themselves and not by California 
Lutheran University. Advertising material printed herein is 
solely for informational purposes. Such printing is not to be 
construed as a written and implied sponsorship, endorsement 
or investigation of such commercial enterprises or ventures. 
Complaints concerning advertisements in the Echo should be 
directed to the business manger at (805) 493-3865. 

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Toyota loses trust 



With the recent Toyota recalls, it 
seems the question on everyone's 
mind is: "has Toyota lost its cred- 

The easiest way to answer this 
question would be to ask your- 
self, "If I needed to buy a new car, 
would I feel safe buying a Toyota?" 

My answer would be "no," which 
is the same as eight out of the 10 
people I asked. 

The saddest part of this down- 
ward spiral of Toyota is that it 
could have been avoided with a 
few good PR moves. 

The popular company first re- 
called vehicles for floor mat mal- 
functions, then recalled most 
models for sticking accelerator 
pedals and then did not comment 
about it for weeks. 

What needs to be recalled next is 
the PR team. They have made the 
matter worse by not commenting 
to the media, which made it seem 
as if they were trying to cover 
something up. 

It is widely known that the 
American people are quick to for- 
give when a problem is acknowl- 
edged and apologized for, which 
is something that this car giant did 
not accomplish. 

The commercial Toyota ran dur- 
ing the Super Bowl focused on the 
long standing dependability that 
the American people have associ- 
ated Toyota with for many years. 
However, the commercial still 
failed to sincerely apologize for the 
three weeks of silence and their 
trying to spin the issue as "floor 
mat entrapment." 

Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota 
Motor Co. announced that experts 
not connected to Toyota will eval- 
uate the vehicles to make sure they 
are safe before they reintroduce 
the models back into the market. 
The results from these evaluations 
and Toyotas comments about the 
findings will be viewable to the 

This is a good idea in theory; 
however, it is too little too late after 
they were idle about admitting the 
problem for weeks. 

They are in fact fixing the issues 
now, but only since the govern- 
ment has lit a fire under them to 
make the necessary recalls and fix 
the vehicles. This leads me to ques- 
tion what would be happening if 
the federal government had not 
gotten involved 

One problem that Toyota has yet 
to address is the 4Runner, which 
has been declared one of the safe 
models not needed to be recalled. 

There have been several news 
stories about the 4Runner in the 
past couple of weeks that claim 
it is having the same issues as the 
recalled vehicles, however Toyota 
has yet to acknowledge it. 

Even with the bad PR moves and 
slow start to fix the problems, I 
think Toyota will be back on top in 
a matter of years. 

Audi had a similar problem back 
in 1980s and they are now one of 
today's top car companies. 

This, too, can happen for Toyota 
if they let the public in on every- 
thing they are doing instead of 
hiding information and being se- 

The facts are that Toyota has 
been a highly dependable car com- 
pany over the last few decades and 
there are many consumers who are 
pulling for them to get their act 
together and start producing top- 
notch cars once again. 

Swiping into dorm safety 

Campus Public Safety 
constantly releases campus-wide 
e-mails relaying precautions to 
students, staff and faculty. 

However, these e-mails ignore 
some of the more eminent dangers 
on this campus. 

As a kid, I would always use my 
debit card to key into my back 
door when I was locked out. 

One day, when locked out of my 
dorm room, I figured the "card-in 
technique" was worth a try. 

To my surprise, it worked. 

Since then, I haven't bothered 
spending the time to find my keys 
in the morning, knowing I could 
card in faster than I could unlock 
my door. 

As a past Resident Assistant on 
campus, I approached Residence 
Life officials with this concern 
for door-lock efficiency on behalf 
of my residents in the -spring 

semester 2009. 

Residence Life appeared to 
take my concerns seriously and 
worked with CPS to "fix the 
problem." Yet to this day, I can 
still card into my room. 

Despite our steep auxiliary costs 
to live at Cal Lutheran and the 
warning by CPS to keep doors 
locked and possessions kept safe, 
we cannot seem to afford or take 
the time to ensure safety in the 
residence halls. 

While this isn't an issue in all 
residence halls, using any hard 
piece of plastic to open doors 
successfully works in both New 
and Old West complexes. 

With the inability to bolt-lock 
doors from the outside, loose door 
seals and window screens that 
can be removed from the outside, 
anyone on campus with a brain 
capacity greater than ketchup and 
a need for a pocket full of cash 
could successfully take anything 
from a vacant residence hall room 
and get away scot-free. 

I write this article not to scare, 
but to inspire preventative 
measures by campus officials on 
behalf of all CLU residents. 

Page 10 

the Echo 

February 24, 2010 


Regals sweep Caltech, get rained out vs. Pomona 

CLU forced to 
postpone match 
for the 3rd time 

' asha Voinovich 
► Staff Writer 

The Regals of California Lutheran 
University came away with a 9-0 
win against California Institute of 
Technology last Friday, Feb. 19, at 
the new Poulsen Tennis Center. 

Freshman Carry Mouzes, junior 
Lacey Gormley and sophomore 
Melanie Anderson each picked up 
wins for the Regals at No. 4, 5 and 6 
spots on Friday. 

Playing at the No. 3 position, 
Lauren Toohey, a CLU freshman, 
defeated Alison Parisian (CIT) 6-3, 
6-2. CLU sophomore Holly Bea- 
man won 6-1, 6-1, over Caltechs 
Seorim Song. 

"My match went really well today?" 
Beaman said. "I just made sure I 
was on the attack. I have been prac- 
ticing on trying to be on the offen- 
sive and dictating the point" 

Beaman has been playing at the 
No. 2 position behind her team- 
mate and best friend, Jordan Leck- 

Leckness, also a sophomore, de- 
livered another win at the No. 1 
spot for the Regals. 

"1 was very happy with the way I 
played because I made sure to stay 
on the offensive rather than playing 
down to my opponents level," she 

Leckness defeated Stephanie 

The Regals are training under 
new head coach Vanessa McPad- 
den, this year. 

"Vanessa is such a good instruc- 
tor and motivator. She has really 
brought the team to a new level," 
Beaman said. 

McPadden, a University of Ari- 
zona alumna, wants her team to be 
known as fighters. 

"The girls performed great. They 
were focused and concentrated," 
McPadden said. 

The Regals came away with three 
wins, in all three of the doubles 
matches. Gormley and freshman 
Melissa Dahl came away with an 
8-4 win in No. 3 doubles. Beaman 
and Mouses earned an 8-2 victory 
in the No. 2 spot, while the team of 
Leckness and Toohey played at the 
No. 1 spot picking up an 8-3 win for 
the Regals. 

"I made an effort to take charge at 

Photo by Kevin Baxter ■ Sports Information 

Completing the Sweep: Freshman Lauren Toohey won both of her matches against Caltech last Friday. 

the net and pounce anything that 
came my way?' Leckness said. 

McPadden stressed that the teams 
goals for the season are to play to 
the best of their ability every time 
they step foot onto the court and 
win every single match. 

"Our goal (for the season) is to 
win every single match that we 
play?" she said. "Equally important 
is the fact that the players learn how 
to play at a level that optimizes their 
talent and reflects the hard work 
that they have put into practice" 

The Regals were scheduled to host 
Pomona-Pitzer Feb. 20; however, 
the contest was postponed until 
April 9 because of a rain out. The 
Regals will meet up with University 
of Redlands at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 
Feb. 27. 

Undefeated rugby squad looks to keep streak alive 

Knights want to 
be recognized as 
a top program 

Josh Larson 
Staff Writer 

The Cal Lutheran Knights 
Rugby club team has quietly 
gone the last few seasons with- 
out much recognition for their 

The Knights are coming off of 
an undefeated season last year, 
and they are looking to remain 
successful this season. 

This year the Knights are led 
by captain Josh Aquinde, who 
has high expectations for the 

"Our goal this season remains 
the same as last year, to win Di- 
vision 3 and gain promotion to 
Division 2 of the Southern Cali- 
fornia Rugby Football Union," 
said Aquinde. 

Aquinde, named Man of the 
Match in the win last week 
against Westmont, hopes 
Knights Rugby will be regarded 
as a high-caliber program one 

"Ultimately we want to build 
our program to such a status as 
Cal Berkley's. We're a hardwork- 
ing team on and off the pitch. 
This, along with our young 
squad leaves our opportunities 
endless," he said. 

Knights Rugby is one of the 

longest standing clubs in Cal 
Lutheran history, dating back to 

The Knights have posted win- 
ning records since 2006, and 
went 7-0 in the 2009 regular sea- 
son to continue that run. 

Thus far, the squad has two 
wins, no losses and one draw. 
The Knights remain unbeaten in 
their last 10 matches dating back 
to last season. Their two wins 
this season have come against 
Westmont College and Azusa 
Pacific University. 

The Knights dominated West- 
mont 22-0 and came out on top 
in a close 10-7 match against 
Azusa Pacific. The draw came 
against Whittier College with a 
10-10 final score. 

After tasting the success of an 
undefeated season, the team is 
eager to keep the streak in tact. 

"We went undefeated last year 
so we are trying to replicate that 
success once more," sophomore 
Eric Broadfoot said. 

The rugby program here at Cal 
Lutheran is a growing attrac- 
tion. Each game there is a larger 
audience present at Mt. Clef Sta- 

This might have had a large ef- 
fect on the Knights' success on 
the pitch but may be a product 
of the sport's growing popularity 
in the community. 

The Knights hit the road to 
take on Point Loma this Satur- 
day Feb. 27 as they compete for 
their third victory of the season. 

Maintaining Possession: The CLU Knights Rugby team wins the ball in a scrum. 

Cal Lu Sports Calendar 











ill Redlands 
2:30 pm 



'Cal Lu' Fomia 

Spring Classic 

1:30 pm 




La Siena 




9:30 am 



Lo Verne 
12 pm 

Shade denotes home game 

February 24, 2010 

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SPORTS -Page 11 

New club sport bumping and spiking this spring 

Men's volleyball 
hits CLU as its 
newest club sport 


hristine Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

Gaining victories in volley- 
ball has been known to CLU for 
quite some time, especially for 
the Regals, in the past few years. 
This year CLU has introduced a 
new men's club volleyball team, 
Knights Volleyball. 

The thought of creating a men's 
volleyball team has been up in the 
air for years, but it took a group 
of determined students to make it 

Seniors Graeme Bill and Matt 
Lee thought it would be great to 
have a men's volleyball club team 
since there has not been a men's 
collegiate team. 

Bill was the one who took the 
initiatives to get the club started 
with the help of the women's vol- 
leyball coach Kellee Roesel. 

Bill and Roesel worked with AS- 
CLUG Senate by getting the club 
approved and finally got the club 
up and running by summer. 

The club team started practicing 
in October but the practices got 
more intense as the season was 
coming close. 

"We've been practicing since 
October but our recent practices 

have focused on specific parts of 
the game, there's a lot more com- 
petition in practice and the level 
of play has improved," senior Matt 
Kufeld said. 

Without an official coach, the 
club team has defaulted to coach 
themselves. With Bill, freshman 
Hunter Horn and women's vol- 
leyball assistant coach Kevin Judd 
lead the team during practices. 

"I think having an official coach' 
would help especially in our 
games. But that is not to say that 
what we have is bad in any way," 
Kufeld said. 

Coaches Roesel and Judd help 
coach the team as much as they 

The Knights play in a league 
called the Southern California 
Club Volleyball League (SCCVL). 

This league is not a SCIAC relat- 
ed league, although there are two 
SCIAC schools in SCCVL. 

"What I like most about the club 
team is that I'm able to play a high 
level of competitive volleyball 
again, but at the same time I also 
get to do all of this with some of 
my best friends from school," Bill 

The team started out with just 
Bill and Lee, but soon afterward 
they decided to recruit some play- 
ers from their intramural volley- 
ball teams. 

With the help of Roesel, they 
also found some incoming fresh- 
men who were interested in play- 

The club team is funded by the 
school's Clubs and Organizations 
fund. They use that money to pay 
for referee and league fees, but 
had to purchase their uniforms 
with their own money. 

Their first game was against Cla- 
remont College. The team was 
without middle blocker Mike 
Cleveland, so with that gap in the 
defense the Knights opened the 
season with a loss. 

With the team new and up and 
running, they are set to go in a 
good direction toward victory. 
Bill has experience being a club 
coach for Spectrum Volleyball in 
Moorpark and the team has high 

"It's our first season together and 
we have a lot of great talent on the 
team," Lee said. 

"More than half of us played 
club or on teams during High 

As the team consists mostly of 
seniors, there are some questions 
as to what next year will bring for 
the club team. 

"With mostly seniors, I under- 
stand that there will be a very 
new team next year but Horn is 
a standout freshmen on the team, 
and with Roesel and Judd still 
helping the program, it will con- 
tinue to improve," Bill said. 

After graduation, Bill hopes to 
return to help the program grow 
and be a successful team. 

Photo by Nicole Chang - Staff Photographer 
Flying High: Matt Lee spikes the ball against Cal State Channel Islands. 

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Knight's Lacrosse 

Cal Lutheran 
opens their season 
in Sin City 

Andrew Adams 
Staff Writer 

The California Lutheran Univer- 
sity men's club lacrosse team will 
take the field this season looking to 
develop team chemistry in a team 
including nine freshman, most of 
whom are playing lacrosse for the 
first time. 

The Knights hoped to start the 
season off on a high note during 
their weekend trip to Las Vegas to 
play the University of Nevada, Las 
Vegas and San Jose State, two elite 
programs in mens lacrosse. 

"The key to this season will be 
playing together, meshing together 
and playing as a team," senior Lane 
Dagher said. "We have a really 
young team and will play better 
and better as the season goes on." 

The men ended up splitting 
their games in the desert, losing to 
UNLV and beating San Jose State. 

Following a season in which the 
Knights finished in second place, 
expectations are high to sustain 
last season's success. 

They hope to make the playoffs 
this year, as they were unable to 
compete in postseason last year 
because they played without a 
head coach. 

With that disappointment still 
fresh in their minds, the Knights 

will surely be striving to punch 
their postseason ticket this season. 

The season is sure to be an in- 
teresting one as the team has only 
seven upperclassmen. 

This season will surely start a 
run of success as the underclass- 
men hope to lay the foundation 
for years to come. The Knights will 
rely on leadership from seniors 
Dagher and Kai Borson-Paine to 
reach their goal of making some 
noise in postseason. 

"This year is going to be very 
exciting as we will be playing new 
teams such as Colorado School of 
Mines, Loyola Marymount Uni- 
versity, Occidental and Pepper- 
dine," Borson-Paine said. "We are 
excited to take advantage of the 
opportunities these games pres- 

For the first time in school his- 
tory, the lacrosse club will be re- 
ceiving funding from California 
Lutheran University, allowing 
them to purchase equipment and 

The funding also allows for the 
scheduling of top-flight schools 
such as Colorado School of Mines. 

The addition of a head coach this 
season will also aid the Knights in 
their postseason quest, as Noah 
Flores will be calling the shots. 

Flo res hopes to provide leader- 
ship and guidance for his team and 
is excited for the upcoming season. 

"The lacrosse team is run by the 
passion of it's athletes," Flores said. 

The Knights host Loyola Mary- 
mount University on March 6. 

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February 24, 1010 

Baseball team takes two of three against Occidental 

Darkness delays series, 
but Kingsmen return 
for strong finish 


ndrew Parrone 
Staff Writer 

After having their five-game 
winning streak against Occidental 
College snapped, the Cal Lutheran 
baseball team rallied to win the 
next two in the opening weekend 
of conference play. 

CLU opened SCIAC play with a 
home loss to the Tigers, falling 7-5 
on Friday evening. They avenged 
the defeat with a pair of victories 
on the road, winning 6-4 and 9-5. 

The Kingsmen recentiy returned 
from a trip to the Arizona Desert 
Classic in Anthem, Ariz. Facing 
four Northwest Conference op- 
ponents, CLU went 2-2, defeating 
George Fox and Whitman while 
falling to Pacific Lutheran and 
Lin field. 

Winning the second game of the 
Saturday doubleheader proved to 
be much more complicated than 
usual. With the Kingsmen lead- 
ing 8-4 in the bottom of the sev- 
enth inning and needing just three 
outs for a complete game, umpires 
postponed the completion of the 
game due to darkness. The team 
returned to Occidental on Sunday 
to complete the last three innings. 

"It's tough because we had to 

go back on the road and drive all 
the way back down there the next 
morning," head coach Marty Sli- 
mak said. "The guys were a little 
frustrated about that. I think they 
were angry and said if we're going 
to come all the way back here let's 
put the hammer down and get this 

Junior Rich Michelin agreed 
with Slimak's assessment. 

"It was extremely frustrating to 
go back because we wanted to fin- 
ish the game Saturday regardless 
of enough light or not," Michelin 

"But I think it was a good thing 
having to go back. We were so 
frustrated that it lit a fire under 
our team that hopefully we can 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photographe 

Shutout City: Senior Josh Larson allowed four hits and zero runs scored in 6. 1 innings of work against Oxy. 

carry with us for the rest of the 

Occidental jumped out to the 
early lead in the first game, scor- 
ing four early runs before CLU 
responded with runs in the third 
from juniors Seth Dolar and Travis 
Dadigian. The Tigers added three 
more runs in the fifth, but the 
Kingsmen countered with three of 
their own, with junior K.C. Judge 
driving in a pair of runs and senior 
Chris Hertz adding an RBI as well. 

Senior Josh Larson pitched four- 
plus innings in relief and did not 
allow a run, but the final Kings- 
men rally was snuffed out in the 
ninth on a double play. 

"When you're playing ahead it's a 
lot easier than trying to corhe from 
behind," Slimak said. "It's a differ- 
ent mind-set. You're just in control 

This certainly appeared to be the 
case in the pair of Saturday games, 
as the Kingsmen jumped out to 
early leads and never trailed in 
either contest. Senior Jordan Ott 
and Hertz each homered in the 
first game. 

In the second contest, senior Paul 
Hartmann homered, Ott drove 
in three more runs and freshman 
Elon Goldman hit his first career 
home run to highlight CLU's of- 
fensive output. 

Senior Robbie Selden started on 
the mound the first game on Sat- 
urday and delivered another solid 
performance, allowing three runs 
in over six innings of work. Junior 
Ian Durham took the hill for his 
first start of the season and pitched 
six quality innings, allowing only 
two earned runs and four runs to- 
tal. It is especially impressive con- 
sidering Durham had been work- 
ing as the teams closer this season. 

"Chase Tigert is our No. 3 guy 
and he's hurt right now, so we 

needed another guy to step up," 
Slimak said. "We took Ian out of 
the closing role and threw him 
into the starter position and he did 
a great job for six innings." 

Tempers ran high throughout 
the weekend, with several contro- 
versial plays contributing to the 
animosity between the two teams. 
In one instance. Occidental head 
coach Jason Hawkins charged 
onto the field after a close play at 
second on Friday. Occidental also 
appeared to stall the game on Sat- 
urday evening, forcing the post- 
ponement of the game. This only 
elevated both teams' emotions and 
motivation to come out on top. 

"Anytime you get two extremely 
competitive teams on the same 
field in a close game, bad blood is 
easy to find," Michelin said. "They 
were trying to get under our skin, 
and it backfired on them because 
our team was so determined to 
finish what we started that no one 
was going to stop us." 

Next up is the University of Red- 
lands, who handed CLU one of 
only four SCIAC losses last year. 
Each loss makes earning a post- 
season bid that much more dif- 
ficult, so it is important to avoid 
letdowns, especially in conference 
play. The Kingsmen seem pre- 
pared for the challenge of staying 
focused in their upcoming games. 

"I think we need a great week of 
practice to get ready for Redlands," 
Dadigian said. "And for this week- 
end we need to stay focused on the 
task at hand and take the series 
one game at a time." 

SCIAC play continues this week- 
end against Redlands. The Kings- 
men travel to face the Bulldogs on 
Friday and return home to Sparky 
Anderson Field for a home dou- 
bleheader on Saturday starting at 
11 a.m. 

Regals land third seed in SCIAC tournament 

CLU will take on 
Redlands in 
semi-final round 


manda Lovett 
Staff Writer 

Regals Basketball lost the sea- 
son conference title for SCIAC, 
on Feb. 18, against Redlands and 
ended up in third place after Sat- 
urday nights game against Whit- 

The girls suffered an upsetting 
loss against Redlands Thursday 
night, with a final score of 69-40, 
which cost them the chance at 
sharing the Conference title. 

"I would say we had an off night 
Thursday," said Danika Briggs, 
sophomore guard. 

"It's just one of those games we 
have to put behind us and look 
forward to the work we have to 
get done in order to succeed in 
the upcoming games." 

The team scored only 13 half 
points and no three pointers, 
making this game against Red- 
lands the biggest defeat since 


However, despite the loss, the 
team celebrated the effort captain 
Kelsey Paopao has put into the 

"Thursday was senior night for 
Kelsey Paopao," Briggs said. "She 
has been injured most of the sea- 
son, so she didn't play but she has 
been with us through everything 
this year." 

The Regals trailed the Bulldogs, 
whose offense of nine strong put 
the Bulldogs ahead to 35-13 at 

The leading scorer for CLU was 
Starla Wright with 9 points, who 
has better hopes after the Satur- 
day game. 

"[On Saturday], we came out 
stronger and tougher, not lacka- 
daisical," said Wright. 

"We didn't come in with a very 
tough mentality for Thursday's 
game but we picked it up [for the 
game against Whittier]." 

Regals finished up the regular 
season with a win against Whitti- 
er, 69-64, which puts them in the 
running for second place if they 
win the upcoming SCIAC tourna- 
ment semifinal game against Red- 

lands this upcoming Thursday, 
Feb. 25. 

"I think we will be very much 
more prepared because we defi- 
nitely want to win SCIAC," Wright 

"We need to have the intensity 
that we needed Thursday. We 
did beat Redlands on their home 
floor, so we are more confident. 
We'll come out strong because we 
know we need to get this win," she 

Wright is definitely not the only 
Regal who has faith this team can 
beat the competition at the con- 

"I am extremely confident in 
us. I feel that we can compete 
with anyone in the country. We 
just need to focus on playing our 
game, executing, and playing 
tough," captain Meaghan Good- 
enough said. 

As for the season as a whole, Re- 
gals can look back and remember 
nothing but success. 

"It was a very good season this 
year; there were so many young 
players, we can relate to each oth- 
er because we're all going through 
the same stuff' Wright said. 

Photo by Kevin Baxter - Sports Information 
Glass Cleaner: Brianna Parker led the Regals with 7.8 rebounds per game. 

"It really formed a strong bond 
that we can take with us next 

Goodenough commented on 
the team's success and the biggest 
impacts on the season as a whole, 
which helped to build the bond 
for a great season overall. 

"I think the most important mo- 

ment [this season] was probably 
beating George Fox because they 
were undefeated coming in and 
they were the defending national 
champions," Goodenough said. 

"It just showed our team how 
much potential we have and the 
extent of what we can accom- 

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Water polo 
goes 3-3 over 

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New stadium a long awaited dream for CLU football 



enrik Gjertsen 
Staff Writer 

Alyssa Harris 
Staff Writer 

Kingsmen football has called 
Mt. Clef Stadium home for the 
past 47 years, but with a new 
3,000-seat stadium in the wait- 
ing, that time will soon come to 
an end. 

The plans for a new football sta- 
dium have been in the making 
for several years. 

On Feb. 22, the Board of Re- 
gents gave approval to move for- 
ward with the construction of a 
new football field after receiving 
a $5 million gift from Westlake 
Village resident William Rol- 

William Holland Stadium is 
expected to cost $8 million, and 
with only $5 million raised, the 
university is working to raise the 
remaining $3 million. 

"We are seeking additional 
gifts from friends of California 
Lutheran University who are ex- 
cited about the project. Already, 
several people have come for- 
ward to add their contributions 
to Mr. Rolland's generous gift," 
university President Chris Kim- 
ball said. 

According to Stephen Wheat- 
ly, vice president of University 


Advancement, an additional 
$20,000 has been contributed to 
the stadium from two donors. 

"We have several contingency 
plans, though we are confident 
that the money will be in when 
we need it. Not all of it will be 
needed until the end of the con- 
struction," Kimball said. "The 
plan is to have the construction 
done in a year and a half. We 
are confident that the additional 
funds will be received by then." 

Replacing Mt. Clef Stadium 

Mt. Clef Stadium, while serving 
as home to Kingsmen football, 
has become part of the campus 
culture, a symbol of tradition and 
a place where students, faculty 





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and community members come 

With tradition comes progress, 
and CLU recognized the need to 
upgrade the facilities for the foot- 
ball program. 
"I think the big effect that the 

stadium will have on CLU is that 
it is another state of the art build- 
ing and one of the best in D3 
[football]," coach Ben McEnroe 
said. "When CLU builds some- 
thing, they do it right. It just 
shows our commitment to do the 

Above image courtesy of Creative Media 

Photo (left) by Nicole Chang - Staff 


Better Days to Come: (top) An 
artist rendering of William Holland 
stadium, will replace Mt. Clef Sta- 
dium, (left) A banner on West Field 
marks the future home of Kings- 
men Football. 

best in everything we do." 

In the fall of 2011, William Rol- 
land Stadium will become the 
new home to Kingsmen football. 
The stadium will not only house a 
football field but also it will 

[See STADIUM, Page 3] 

Powerful quake shakes Chile 


enny Guy 
Staff Writer 

Chile was rocked by the force of 
an 8.8-magnitude earthquake on 
Feb. 27, killing over 750 people 
and generating a tsunami that 
threatened nations surrounding 
the Pacific Ocean. 

The Chilean earthquake dis- 
placed approximately 1.5 mil- 
lion people and destroyed entire 
communities, according to CNN. 

After witnessing the devasta- 
tion caused by the Haiti earth- 
quake only six weeks before, the 
world was left wondering if seis- 
mic activity was on the rise. 

Dr. William Bilodeau, professor 
of geology at California Lutheran 
University, answers this question 
by simply saying, "No," adding 
that seismic activity is occur- 
ring at a normal rate and that the 
timing of Haiti and Chile earth- 

6.0 Earthquake Shakes Turkey 

A strong, early morning earthquake knocked down stone and 
mud-brick houses in Eastern Turkey on Monday. 

The 6.0-magnitude quake hit 
at 4:32 a.m. (6 p.m. PST Sunday) 
near the village of Basyurt in a 
remote, sparsely populated area 
of Elazig province. The region 
is 340 miles east of Ankara, the 

The damage appeared worst in 
the village of Okcular, where at 

quakes are nothing more than a 

"There are earthquakes of high 
magnitudes happening all the 
time all over the world, but many 
of them are out in the ocean 
or in places where people don't 
live. The only reason these two 
particular earthquakes were in 
the news is because they unfor- 

least 15 of the village's 900 resi- 
dents were killed, the Elazig gov- 
ernor's office said. 

The government initially put 
the death toll at 57 but later low- 
ered it to 51 with no explanation. 
In addition to the deaths, 34 
people were being treated for in- 
juries, Turkey's crisis center said. 

tunately, happened in heavily 
populated areas," Bilodeau said, 
explaining how tragedies tend 
to link earthquakes together in 
peoples' minds. 

Dr. Kate Hutton, seismologist at 
the California Institute for Tech- 
nology, explains that the Chilean 
earthquake was located on 

[See EARTHQUAKE, Page 3) 

Putting an end to hunger 


anna Halldorsdottir 
Staff Writer 

"Help stop hunger." That was 
the simple slogan of the 32nd an- 
nual Conejo Valley CROP Hun- 
ger Walk, held at CLU on Sunday, 
March 7. 

Communities Responding to 
Overcome Poverty (CROP) Hun- 
ger Walks are locally organized 
walks that help support Church 
World Services (CWS), a coop- 
erative ministry of 35 Protestant, 
Orthodox and Anglican denomi- 
nations, which according to their 
Web site, provides sustainable 
self-help and development, disas- 
ter relief and refugee assistance in 
over 80 countries. 

Walkers collect donations from 
others, and they can also donate 
money themselves. There is no 
minimum donation needed in 
order to participate. Donors who 
would rather have their money go 

to other approved hunger-fight- 
ing agencies can designate their 
gifts to those organizations. 

In celebration of its 50th anni- 
versary, California Lutheran Uni- 
versity donated $5 for each of the 
first 125 CLU walkers. This quota 
was quickly filled, and CLU's 
community had many members, 
including university President 
Chris Kimball, participating in 
the event. 

"The walk raises funds for hu- 
manitarian purpose worldwide, 
so we help with hunger, we help 
with devastation and with the 
depletion of crops worldwide," 
said Sherrill Hyink, who has been 
overseeing the organization of 
the Conejo Valley CROP walk 
for about 12 years. She also added 
that 25 percent of all funds raised 
remain within the community 
benefitting five local charities. 

Denise Burrows, who has 

[See WALK, Page 3] 

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March 10, 2010 


Health survey sobers students; surprising drinking habits found 


akie Rodriguez 
Staff Writer 

Within the past 30 days, have 
you engaged in alcohol or drug 
use? Over the past month have 
you been sexually active? 

Questions like these were in- 
cluded in the National Col- 
lege Health Assessment survey, 
which over 700 California Lu- 
theran University students par- 
ticipated in last October. 

"The National College Health 
Assessment gathers data about 
11 health habits among college 
students, both examining their 
behaviors and their perceptions 
of the behaviors of their fellow 
students," said Sally Lorentston, 
assistant director of Student Life. 

The data from the survey was 
compared to national averages, 
which concluded that the per- 
centage of CLU students who ab- 
stain from alcohol consumption 
is lower than that of the national 
average. The blood alcohol con- 
tent (BAC) from the last drink- 
ing session was higher. 

According to the survey, 39.9 
percent of participants reported 
having a BAC of over .08 the last 

time they drank, while the na- 
tional average reported 37.8 per- 
cent of students having a BAC 
over .08. 

"I am concerned about the fact 
that our "high risk" drinking 
behaviors of binge drinking and 
elevated blood alcohol content 
are the same as the national data, 
or above national numbers," 
Lorentston said. 

The results of the BAC averages 
surprise some students due to 
the makeup of CLU. 

"It is kind of surprising that it's 
a little above the national aver- 
age since CLU is a dry campus," 
said junior Vanessa Lara, who 
participated in the survey. 

Another aspect that the study 
measured was the use of drugs 
in the past 30 days. 

While over 73 percent of par- 
ticipants stated that they had 
never used drugs, over 11 per- 
cent of students admitted to 
having used drugs in the past 

However, alcohol and drugs 
were not the only measured as- 
pects of the survey, which is 
partly why CLU chose to use it. 

"Although there are a variety 

of nationally-used survey in- 
struments we could have used, 
we appreciated that this survey 
allowed us to explore multiple 
health habits, instead of just fo- 
cusing on alcohol and drugs," 
Lorentston said. 

Other health topics that were 
studied included mental health, 
eating disorders, prescription 
drug usage and sexual activity. 

While the survey asked per- 
sonal questions, it did not bother 
some students. 

"[The survey] was anonymous 
so I felt comfortable answering 
[the questions]," Lara said. 

Other students feel that the re- 
sults of the survey, itself, can be 
of used by all students. 

The survey is a good measuring 
tool that determines and assess- 
es mental health issues so that 
others can be aware of it. 

"[The study] is not done in an 
effort to invade someone's priva- 
cy, but rather to just be cautious 
and aware of those around you," 
junior Mari Escamilla said. 

In order to attract more stu- 
dents to participate in the survey, 
making the data more reflective 
of CLU, an incentive was added 

Students who identiy as "binge drinkers" 






to anyone who took the survey. 

As a part of the NCAA Choices 
Grant CLU received, students 
were offered a $10 gift card to the 
bookstore if they completed the 

The incentive helped to bring 
the amount of student involve* 
ment higher than other adminis- 
trations that had a 15-20 percent 

National Responces 

Male: 42.9% 

Female: 28.5% 

Source: National College Health Assessment 

respond rate. 

"We had a 39 percent response 
rate with incentives, so I defi- 
nitely think it helps," Lorentston 

For anyone who did not take 
the survey this year, the National 
College Health Assessment sur- 
vey will be given again next se- 
mester as well as in fall 2011. 


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Emergency team prepared for disaster 

Gannon Smith 
Staff Writer 

On campus, if a fire starts, the 
ground shakes or a shooter opens 
fire, the Emergency Operation 
Plan will go into effect. 

The plan, revised by the Emer- 
gency Operating Committee on 
a quarterly basis and drilled once 
a year, is compiled into binders 
that are placed in every office on 

The severity of the emergency 
will determine how much of the 
plan goes into effect. 

"The plan is not a step by step 
procedure, but more of a guide 
to responding and taking care 
of any emergency," said Craig 
Lightfoot, assistant director of 
Campus Public Safety. 

The EOP spans every depart- 
ment at California Lutheran 
University and has a general out- 
line on how emergency supplies 
should be used. 

According to Campus Public 
Safety, the EOP is designed so 
that CLU can be self-sufficient 
during an emergency. 

Campus Public Safety would 
lead the response. They would 
be the first to survey the campus 
and notify all students and staff 
of the emergency through the Ev- 
erbridge program. 

The Everbridge program sends 
out phone calls, e-mails and text 
messages to all people registered 
to the program. 

"We have about 90-95 percent of 
all students and faculty registered 
on the program," Lightfoot said. 

Next, Campus Public Safety 
would work with Mark Jacobsen, 
the director of Facilities Man- 
agement and former member of 
Loyola Marymount University's 
disaster preparedness group, and 
the roughly 50 facilities person- 
nel to help evacuate all buildings, 
survey damage and determine 
what buildings are inhabitable. 

"Facilities has the most man 
power and the most equipment to 
use when an emergency occurs," 
Jacobsen said. 

At the same time, health ser- 
vices would be procuring medical 
supplies to set up a triage station 
in the area of most need. 

Medical supplies are located 
in every building on campus, so 
if they were unable to enter the 
health services building, they 
could still find supplies. 

"At the triage station, we would 
assess medical injuries and de- 
termine who needs to be trans- 
ported to receive more medical 
attention," said Kerri Lauchner, 
director of Health Services. "We 
will also be in contact with Los 
Robles Hospital via ham radios, 
to coordinate our efforts." 

If housing buildings are identi- 
fied as uninhabitable, students 
will be transported to other 
cooperating school campuses, 
where they will receive shelter. 
Students would then receive food 

from the conference and events 
department, prepared by Sodexo. 

"Sodexo always keeps a cer- 
tain level of food on hand and 
has contracts with local vendors 
in order to bring in more food," 
Lightfoot said. 

After the immediate emergency 
response, the EOP goes on to dis- 
cuss a follow up plan for hous- 
ing safety, a guide to rebuild the 
school and ways to continue stu- 
dents' education during the after- 
math of the emergency. 

The only time that the EOP 
would have trouble in response to 
an emergency is if the emergency 
occurs during off hours when all 
CLU personnel would be off work 
and off campus. Personnel would 
have to find a way to get back to 
CLU in order to help in the emer- 
gency response. 

Jacobsen is confident that all 
staff would arrive as soon as they 
are notified though. 

"The level of commitment here 
is unique and comforting," Ja- 
cobsen said. "All of our employ- 
ees care about the protection of 
our students." 

CLU's EOP covers most predict- 
able aspects of an emergency, but 
still leaves room in its procedures 
in order to handle every individ- 
ual situation. 

"No plan is perfect," Lauchner 
said, "but the Emergency Oper- 
ating committee has done a good 
job of practicing and preparing 
for an emergency." 

Quake prompts tsunami warnings 

[EARTHQUAKE, from Page 1] 
the boundary between the Nazca 
plate and the South American 

This area is incredibly active be- 
cause the relative speed of these 
two plates is high, moving about 
three inches a year, Hutton said. 
She adds that in California, this 
movement is measured at ap- 
proximately two inches per year. 

"The Earth's plates move at a 
relatively steady rate, but along 
the boundaries they are usually 
locked by friction," Hutton said. 
"So instead of sliding, they form 
areas of high tension, causing 
a break in the plate. This break 
leads to the sudden motion of a 
lot of rock, which creates a vibra- 
tion that people feel as an earth- 

According to Hutton, the larger 
the section of breaking fault the 
more powerful the earthquake, 
causing what we see in places like 
Chile and Haiti. 

In comparing the 8.8-mag- 
nitude quake in Chile, to the 
7.0-magnitude earthquake that 
struck Haiti, one might think 
that more destruction would oc- 
cur in the region of the higher 
magnitude earthquake, but this 
was simply not the case. Due the 
location of the earthquake and a 
vast disparity in wealth between 
the two countries, the effects 
were far worse in Haiti than in 

"The Haiti situation was a per- 

How to Help 

Here is a list of reputable charities accepting donations for earth- 
quake victims in Chile and Haiti. 

American Red Cross 

Save the Children 


feet storm of bad: large quake, lo- 
cated under a populated area, no 
building codes and no infrastruc- 
ture to appropriately respond. 
Although, the Chilean quake was 
larger, it was centered offshore, 
so less population was exposed 
directly to the insurmountable 
shaking it caused," Hutton said. 

Bilodeau explains that the 
further away the neighboring 
population is to the epicenter, 
the region on the Earth's surface 
directly above the central point 
of the quake, the less of an effect 
the quake has on that population. 
He also adds that the fact that the 
Chilean earthquake happened 
within an oceanic plate created a 
significant tsunami threat. 

"The way tsunamis are created, 
the sea floor is moving either 
down or up, making a depression 
in the surface of the ocean, which 
then creates a wave," Bilodeau 
said. "This happens in subdue- 
tion zones, like the one near 
Chile. Usually some of largest 
earthquakes in the world occur 

Doctors Without Borders 

www.unicefusa .org 

along this type of boundary." 

But, in the wake of the Chilean 
earthquake and tsunami warn- 
ings issued for the Pacific region 
including Hawaii, many people 
including freshman Lesley Smith, 
were left to wonder about family 
and friends at home. 

"My family was forced to evacu- 
ate their home and move to high- 
er ground," Smith said, who was 
born and raised in Hawaii on the 
island of Maui. "I was terrified 
for my family. It was really hard. 
I was here, wanting to help them, 
but all I could do is wait and pray 
to God for the best." 

Although there was no major 
damage caused by this tsunami, 
according to the Pacific Tsuna- 
mi Warning Center, as many as 
50,000 people were evacuated in 

Even though experts contend 
that nothing out of the realm 
of normal seismic activity has 
occurred, the Haiti and Chile 
earthquakes have had a devastat- 
ing impact on the world. 

Walk helps those in need 

[WALK, from Page 1] 
participated in CROP Hunger 
Walks since 2001, says that the 
walk appeals to her because CWS, 
the organization that benefits from 
most of the donations, has a world- 
wide outreach, as well as a low 
overhead costs. 

"It's got one of the lowest over- 
heads; it runs a very lean organiza- 
tion," Burrows said. 

According to Burrows, CWS 
does not just donate food, but 
rather helps people become sus- 

"We don't give them money, we 
don't give food, we teach people," 
Burrows said. "We give seeds, 
teach people how to grow their 
seeds, how to harvest, how to mar- 
ket, so we are making people self- 

Many local churches, schools and 
other organizations had groups 
participating in the walk. 

Beverly Mersing volunteered on 
behalf of Holy Trinity Lutheran 
Church. Mersing estimated that 

the church had at least 60 walkers 
and 10 people volunteering to help 
with registration. 

"It is a great cause," Mersing said. 
"I've been supporting it for years." 

With a choice of three different 
routes, the event welcomed walk- 
ers of all ages and abilities. 

Some, like Norm Lueck opted 
for the 20-minute campus stroll. 
Lueck, who got involved in the 
walk through his church, Holy 
Trinity Lutheran Church, walked 
along with fellow residents from 
the University Village Retirement 

Other routes available to walk- 
ers were the 4.5 or 6.2 mile routes 
around the nearby community. 
Torkil Hammer decided to test 
his stamina on the 6.2 mile or 10 
K route and use it as a part of his 
training for the Los Angeles Mara- 

"I walked as fast as I could, and I 
made it in just under 80 minutes, 
and that is a promising start," 
Hammer said of his results. 

Lu Ball gets new home 

(STADIUM, from Page 1] 

include an art gallery, clock tower, 
offices, press boxes and home and 
visitor locker rooms. 

"The stadium will disable other 
programs from pointing at Mt. 
Clef and using it as a negative 
[during] recruiting. Football is 
important at CLU, and [the stadi- 
um] will help to emphasize that," 
defensive coordinator Scott Beat- 
tie said. 

Continuing a Pattern 

The building of William Rol- 
land Stadium opens the door for 
other projects to be completed. 
The site where Mt. Clef Stadium 
is currently located is going to 
be replaced with a new center for 
performing and creative arts. For 
Wheatly, this represents another 
important step at CLU. 

"It will continue a pattern where 
CLU has opened a new facility ev- 
ery year for the past eleven years," 
he said. "Building a new football 
stadium has been part of a strate- 
gic plan, and Rolland opened the 
door to finalize this." 

Rising Expectations 

Last season the football team 
won their first outright SCIAC 
Championship, went 8-2 and 
won all home games. The football 
team will look to build upon last 
year's success for years to come 

and according to McEnroe, a new 
stadium will provide CLU foot- 
ball with a larger regional com- 

"From a personal perspective, it 
represents that the program goes 
forward and makes the local foot- 
ball market more competitive, 
especially in attracting more high 
school athletes to CLU," McEnroe 

For players, the building of a 
new stadium is a new commit- 
ment to returning CLU football 
to the national stage. 

"I love the idea of the new sta- 
dium. I'm really excited for it. In 
previous years, we wouldn't have 
been able to host a playoff game 
because of our facilities, and now 
it will bring a whole new level of 
respect to the football program," 
junior safety Samuel Lyche said. 
"It's a step in the right direction of 
getting back to the days of coach 

It is not just the athletic offices 
at CLU that will gain something 
with William Rolland Stadium, 
but the whole CLU community. 

"Having the stadium given by a 
member of the community with- 
out prior deep ties to the univer- 
sity is yet another indication of 
the extent to which people in the 
region see CLU as a community 
asset with whom they want to be 
affiliated," Kimball said. 

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• University Chapel 

10:10 a.m. Chapel 

»— • Common Ground: Rebecca Martin 

9:11p.m. Chapel 

• The Need: Thenaybrhood 
10 p.m. SUB 

• Books and Brew 

_ 4 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 

r— • Lord of Life Game Night 
5 p.m. Kingsmen Park 


• Mr. Kingsmen 

9 p.m. Preus-Brandt Forum 





• Paintings by Paz Winshtein 

Kwan Fong Gallery 




• Symphonic Passion 

2 p.m. Chapel 

r— • Lord of Life Worship: Hymns Only 

6:15 p.m. Chapel 

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«— • Vagina Monologues 

8 p.m. Lundring Events Center 

• Bible Study 

9 p.m. Chapel 

• The Need: Taradactyls 

• Commuter Connection Lunch 

• Corporate Leaders Breakfast 

• Safe Spring Break - Sex Signals 

• West African Music and Dance Concert 

• Film "Praying In Her Own Voice" 

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Winshtein paintings tell colorful stories 

Lauren Puopolo 
Staff Writer 

"Playful, disquieting and quirky" 
is how CLU professor of art his- 
tory Christine Sellin described Paz 
Winshtein's artwork on March 6 
when his work was officially dis- 

According to Winshtein, his ar- 
tistic journey started at 12 years 

"It became an obsession just to 
learn how to paint and how to draw 
and how to do perspective and all 
these things, so it became a chal- 
lenge for me to learn each thing," 
he said. Winshtein added that each 
painting took a different amount of 
time. "Some took a year while oth- 
ers I finished within a day." 

Winshtein's ability to capture the 
emotions of his painted figures can 
be considered comedic, haunting 
and graceful. 

The talk of the event wasn't how 
he drew his figures, but rather his 
use of color. Winshtein's art work 
has a consistent and intense use of 
color and detailed expressions. 

Winshtein describes his artwork 
as "a lot of different styles: figura- 
tive, surrealist, expressionistic and 
symbolic. It's about telling a story 
and an idea." He claims he is most 

Photo by Doug Barnett - Staff Photographei 
Pit Stop: Kyle Knudsen stops to admire Paz Winshtein's oil paintings. 

inspired by the Renaissance pe- mirer sophomore Cody Yan de- 

riod. scribed Winshtein's art as "imagi- 

CLU student and Winshtein ad- native, interpretive, inspiring and 

emotionally heavy. There's a lot of 
deep messages in his art." Yan adds 
"Paz's color pallet is very interest- 
ing; he knows where to use the 
right colors. There's a lot of high- 
lights and shadows that he does 

Winshtein described his artistic 
process as "a lot of daydreaming 
one day and then an image comes 
to me." But it hasn't always been 
very easy for Winshtein. He shared 
that this past year creativity didn't 
come easy. 

This held him back until seven 
months ago when he was able to 
regain his creativity and finish an- 
other masterpiece. 

According to professor Christi 
Colell, Winshtein's art is "sarcastic 
but personal. The art is very dy- 
namic; it's very expressionistic. I 
feel like the artist is going through 
a lot of emotional experiences 
through his art." 

Colell adds, "the work is very 
thought provoking. I believe that 
literature students, history stu- 
dents and of course art students 
should see the exhibit; it's very ex- 

Winshteins exhibit will be in the 
Kwang Fong Gallery until April 3. 
More of his work can be found at 

award goes 
to Tonsing 


orge Martinez 
Staff Writer 

The author of CLU 50th Anni- 
versary Book, Dr. Ernst F. Tons- 
ing, has been named the 2010 
Outstanding Scandinavian Amer- 

His Swedish roots and life ac- 
complishments made Tonsing the 
perfect candidate for the award. 
There are only 23 other people 
who have been awarded this honor 
in the history of the Scandinavian 
American Culture Foundation. 

The ceremony was held in the 
Lundring Events Center Sunday, 
Feb. 28, and was hosted by the 
Scandinavian American Cultural 
and Historical Foundation. 

The award is bestowed to cel- 
ebrate the accomplishments of 
a Scandinavian- American who 
has benefited CLU and everyone 
around them. 

Tonsing was an officer in the U.S 
Navy and a Lutheran pastor in 
Portland. He has also been very 
involved with CLU and has 

[See TONSING, Page 71 

Prescription drug use turns into abuse 


ess Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

Marijuana and prescription drug 
use is one of the most troublesome 
habits among college students in 
the nation. CLU is not an excep- 

Non-users treat the issue with 
stigma, but the motives for it are 
more common than they might 
think. Stress from school, work, 
anxiety about performance and 
lack of energy due to unhealthy 
lifestyles can all lead to drug abuse. 

According to Chris Paul, associ- 
ate director of Residence Life, pre- 
scription drugs that are commonly 
misused are an ADD medication 
amphetamine (AdderolT) and 
painkillers like hydrocodone (Vi- 
codin*) and oxycodone (OxyCon- 
tin*). Other popular recreational 
drugs include marijuana (pot, 
weed), methamphetamine (crystal 
meth, ice), LSD (acid), ecstasy (E, 
X), cocaine (coke, crack) and hero- 
in (dope, junk). 

These drugs vary widely in po- 
tency and effects. They might give 
users an instant upper (high), in- 
duce hallucinations and feelings of 
intimacy, distort sensory percep- 
tions or tranquilize them. 

A study by the National Center 
on Addiction and Substance Abuse 
at Columbia University in 2003 
reveals marijuana to be the most 
popular drug with 34.7 percent of 
college students reported to having 
illicitly used. 

Many people perceive it to be 
non-addictive and harmless. How- 

ever, this depressant is addictive on 
more levels than myths might lead 
them to believe. 

"Marijuana can help people sleep 
and reduce anxiety at the moment, 
but results in a net intensification 
of anxiety? said Dr. Alan Goodwin, 
director of Counseling Services. 

Signs of withdrawal are reported, 
and heavy users develop tolerance 
for the drug. Smoking marijuana 
becomes part of a lifestyle, which 
some people employ to connect 
with their peers. 

"It's a social thing for marijuana. 
It's common to do it at parties with 
alcohol. It makes you feel better 
and keeps the conversation going," 
said sophomore Wren Gray-Rene- 

The greatest risk associated with 
consuming marijuana, however, is 
that it acts as a gateway drug, lead- 
ing users to experiment with more 
harmful and addictive substances. 

According to Paul and Goodwin, 
the use of multiple drugs at once or 
throughout the day is not uncom- 
mon. Students can combine several 
drugs to achieve a desired euphoria 
or use depressants to offset the ef- 
fect of previous stimulants. 

In its policy statement. Campus 
Public Safety designates the CLU 
campus to be "drug free." The laws 
and policies on controlled sub- 
stances and paraphernalia are also 
enforced by The Thousand Oaks 
Police Department and Residence 

The issue remains confidential 
and difficult to tackle. 

"It's not like you can tell people 

not to do drugs," Gray-Reneberg 

There were only eight cases of 
drug policy violation that went 
through the judicial process in 
2008 (detailed in the 2009 An- 
nual Security Report and Crime 
Statistics) while Paul confirms that 
"many students here at CLU use 
drugs on a regular basis." 

A psychoanalysis practitioner, 
Goodwin regards drug use as es- 
sentially "pushing the body to do 
something it doesn't feel inclined 
to do." People make conscious de- 
cisions to use drugs because they 
believe the drugs are doing some- 
thing good for them. 

"You can't discuss stopping the 
drug use unless you know what 
they use it for," Goodwin said. 

He argues that the focus should 
be placed on helping individuals 
find out changes and alternatives 
that work best for them. 

Furthermore, Goodwin suggests 
that everyone does "drugs" at some 
point, in some ways, in the form of 
alcohol, caffeine, sugar, diet coke or 

The preventive approach to drug 
abuse is to surround oneself with 
a positive environment while eat- 
ing and exercising well, balancing 
activities and seeking help when 
faced with crises. 


For more information 

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$5 million man 

CLU receives $5 
million donation 
for new football 


ourtney Minton 
Staff Writer 

William Rolland has become 
California Lutheran University's 
very own $5 million man thanks 
to his generous donation. 

William Rolland has lived and 

ber Joan Young," said Stephen 
Wheatly, vice president for Uni- 
versity Advancement. 

His relationship with the uni- 
versity grew as Joan Young in- 
troduced him to CLU and Presi- 
dent Kimball. 

"Mr. Rolland was impressed 
with his tour of the CLU campus 
and the strategic vision and plan 
for CLU's future," Wheatly said. 

His generous donation to CLU 
is the single largest individual 
gift in the school's history. 

"He wanted to make an im- 
mediate impact on our future 

precedented Play Ball: William Rolland's donation will 
donor sim- provide a new home for CLU Football. 


Mr. Rol- 
land is also 
Photo courtesy of Brian Stethem Los An- 

geles fire- 
fighter who, 

ply wants 
to help change the lives of CLU 
students and provide opportuni- 
ties to athletes. 

"He has many friends who 
are very engaged with CLU in- 
cluding Board of Regent mem- 


rescue in a mudslide in the Hol- 
lywood Hills, received a Medal 
of Valor for his efforts. 

He donated a generous amount 
of money to create 

(See ROLLAND, Page 7] 

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March 10,2010 

Behind the scenes: CLU food gardening seminar 


rad Hendrickson 
Staff Writer 

A new type of class has emerged 
this semester at California Lu- 
theran University, with a fresh, 
hands-on method of teaching. 

CLU Food Gardening Seminar 
is a two-unit class focused on 
reading, writing, dis- 
cussing alternative food CC 
production and yielding This group 
an actual garden. The of students 
reward is that students is amazing. 
can actually consume They are 
their efforts put forward self-directed, fort. And, if you are do- 
during the semester. mature and ing it in a group, it takes 

This semester the class enthusiastic." a lot of patience to make 

All of these plants will perhaps 

one day be planted at CLU's own 

permanent garden. 
There are many things this class 

aims to teach, but Ritterbush has 

one goal that her students cannot 

"We all need to be humbled by 
learning how difficult it 
is. You end up inadver- 
tently feeding the rabbits 
and gophers and crows 
and bugs," she said. "It 
takes lots of time and ef- 

consists of 13 students 
one volunteer and Dr 
Ritterbush, who is a ge- 
ology and environmen- 

tal science professor. 

"We just planted several 'green 
leafies:' arugula, spinach, kale, 
bok choi; onions and sage; and 
some legumes: peas and early 
green beans," Ritterbush said. 
"What we plant next is up to 
the students, but in a few weeks 
would likely include squash, to- 
matoes and more herbs and le- 

Dr. Ritterbush 

group decisions. Most 
people don't have that 
patience to begin with; 
they have to build pa- 
tience if they really care 
to learn to do something as a 

This very important lesson is 
one that she hopes her students 
will take away from the semester. 
A big question is where are all of 
these plants going to go when the 
semester is over? 
"The students are considering 

Photo by Robyn Poynttr - Staff Photographi 

Pay Dirt: Students Trxcia Johnson, Lauren Anderson, Kayla Kilpatrick and Ben Hogue measure the CLU garden. 

having a demonstration table 
on campus during earth week 
in April that would demonstrate 

The Fashion Plate: A Healthy Serving Each Week 

Loving the 'Skins' you're in 

Heather Taylor 

H e 1 1 o , m y 
name is Heather 
and I am addict- 
ed to "Skins." 

While the title 
may suggest 
status, "Skins" is 
actually a show 
on the chan- 
nel E4 about a 
group of teenagers, around 16 to 
18 years old, living in Bristol, Eng- 
land. If you don't have E4, which 
doesn't come in through to our 
school campus, "Skins" can also be 
found on Google video and You- 
Tube with full episodes. 

In the hierarchy of teen drama 
shows, "Skins" trumps over the 
angst ridden "Degrassi" and the 
Marc Jacobs loaded "Gossip Girl" 
with its no-holds barred look at 
growing up. Best friends regularly 
stab one another in the back, ev- 
eryone hooks up with everyone 
and nothing gets edited, hence my 

You wouldn't think that you'd 
want to go back to dressing like 
you were 16 again. I know I 
wouldn't That was a time when I 
was exiting my all-black, pseudo- 
Goth phase and about to enter the 
far more horrifying aftermath of 

designer handbags and ironic T- 
shirts that clearly did not go with 
my old wardrobe. I tend to go in 
extremes when it comes to cloth- 

"Skins" has the effect of making 
you want to revisit your teen years. 
Each character is well known for 
their sense of style which highly 
differs from person to person. 
Seeing as I skipped out on male 
fashion last week, I think I'll start 
with the guys. 

Tony Stonem is the most popu- 
lar boy on the campus and known 
for his high intelligence and ma- 
nipulation. With a personality 
like that, he's also very clothing 
conscious, along with his friends 
fashionably-inclined Maxxie and 
partygoer Chris. The three lads are 
very much city boys with ward- 
robes inspired by British shops 
Paul Smith and Ted Baker. 

Advertising their spring/sum- 
mer 2010 collection as "reinter- 
preting classic menswear and 
simple sportswear," Paul Smith is 
instantly recognizable for their use 
of careful tailoring on jackets (so 
Tony), bright colors (very Maxxie) 
and casual printed tees (classic 

Ted Baker, with its more afford- 
able rack, appears to be the Urban 

Outfitters of London. Though the 
colors are more neutral in shade 
than that of Paul Smith, Ted Baker 
offers many of the same looks with 
lightweight waffle stitch jumpers 
(light sweaters) and mohair trou- 
sers (pants). All-in-all, perfectly 
preppy enough to make any girl in 
Bristol swoon. 

The girls of "Skins," on the other 
hand, are completely different 
from one another as can be. Mi- 
chelle combines the look of sporty 
casual with nightlife looks, Effy is 
notorious for her rock 'n' roll prin- 
cess ensembles, and my personal 
favorite, dreamy Cassie, lives in a 
world of pastels and glitter. 

For these three, I must return 
to Paul Smith and Ted Baker, yet 
again, for their wonderful wom- 
en's selections. The black leather 
gillet would undoubtedly be Efr/s 
most treasured wardrobe item 
while Michelle would don the 
couture denim dress and Cassie 
would wear the camisole trompe 
lbeil top. Ted Baker in particu- 
lar would corner the market on 
Cassie completely with the endless 
number of ruffled tops available, 
to use her catch phrase, it is "wow, 
wow, lovely!" 

It's all about loving the "Skins" 
you're in. 

or simulate CSA (Community- 
Supported Agriculture) boxes or 
a farmers' market booth," Ritter- 
bush said. "Several of the mem- 
bers live in dorms where they 
have their own kitchens, and so 
the gardeners themselves will 
probably eat some of it." 

This class has created a great 
student teacher bond. Ritterbush 
jokingly said, "I also want to say 
that this group of (about a dozen) 
students is amazing. They are 
self-directed, mature and enthusi- 
astic. Several of them approached 
me with their desire to start this 
project, so it was very 'grass roots.' 
Should I say, 'herb roots?'" 

This kind of bond has created 
a no boundaries environment so 
students can work next to Rit- 

terbush and produce maximum 

Ritterbush is not looking to re- 
form any sort of agricultural pro- 
grams or ways of teaching. 

"I should stress this is not a proj- 
ect to reinvent a traditional agri- 
culture program," she said. "That 
is not what we are about. We are 
about ordinary people raising 
food during the course of their 
ordinary lives. Our effort this 
year is small, but we will probably 
learn a lot. That is one of the best 
visions of our food future." 

As California Lutheran Univer- 
sity expands its campus, hopeful- 
ly someday soon, we will witness 
and taste the lush produce grown 
and nurtured by its very own stu- 


Margaret Nolan 

Matthew Kufeld 

Carly Robertson 

Caitlin Coomber 

Trace Ronning 

Doug Barnett 



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Alex Lastort 
Hall ie Walsh 
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Jonathan Culmer 

Match 10,2010 

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FEATURES - Page 7 

He Said, She Said: A little of him, a little of her 
Call of Duty, unappreciated by girlfriends 

Antoine Adams 

I went from ab flexing in pilates to 
my favorite type of exercise: sitting 
in my chair in front of the televi- 
sion and flexing my finger muscles. 
Three words: "Call of Duty." 

When I'm playing, I have to put 
aside at least three hours of my 
day. Those hours consist of good 
friends and maybe a sandwich in 
between games. 

Shopping and nails for girls is like 
video games for guys. No phone 
calls are taken during this time, no 
text messages are answered, simply 
"me time." To finally get AUie to 
play would be a dream come true, 
if it happened. 

It was just a disappointment to 
see no enthusiasm coming out of 
Allies headset. I tried to teach her 
all of the controls and we started 
off by playing one-on-one. 

It was like playing with a pet fish; 
there is only so much you can do. 
She couldn't understand how to 
use the left and right joystick in 
unison, so she would be walking 
while pointing her gun down. 

During the five minutes of mul- 
tiplayer, there was no excitement. 
I would stab her in the back and 
laugh; she would shoot at me and 
show no enthusiasm. It was a very 
quiet atmosphere and it made me 

So, we tried the online multiplay- 
er and the same thing happened. 

I gave her the headset to listen in 
on the team, but there was still no 
communication from her end. She 
found a corner on the virtual map 
and stood there, watched three 
people pass by and didn't budge. 

I had no idea "Call of Duty" 
could be boring to play, but Allie 
accomplished just that. She did 
get one kill, but seconds later her 
player was killed. After that she 
handed her controller to me and 
left the room. I continued playing. 

There are just some things that 
your girlfriend can't appreciate. 

Alexandra Butler 

I'm bloody. I'm dead. I'm bored. 

These were my feelings after 
just five minutes of playing the 
annoyingly popular "Call of 

Growing up, I never played 
video games let alone owned a 
PlayStation. So, when people 
talk about how addictive video 
games are, it fascinates me. Al- 
though, I do own a Wii and have 
a blast playing it. 

Antoine and his friends will 
play "Call of Duty" for hours 
without moving a muscle. I re- 
grettably decided to give the 
game a chance. 

I was impressed by the fancy 
headset that connects to the X- 
Box controller. It allows you to 
speak to other players that I've 

never met before. I didn't even 
know if these players were in the 
same country as me. 

The fact that so many people 
are bonded by one game is really 
cool, even though I didn't use it. 
I concentrated on staying alive. 

The other players didn't even 
give me a chance. I spent half 
of the time running into walls 
and staring at the sky. Next, I 
kept hitting the grenade button 
and blinding myself. By the time 
I became situated I was on the 
ground, dead. 

To the creators of the game: 

I would like this game a lot 
more if I had more friends at my 
gaming level, a more flattering 
virtual outfit and maybe some 
prettier scenery. 

I would also prefer one simple 
device, maybe a joystick rather 
than multiple buttons to control 
the body. 

I found the headset distracting; 
I don't want to talk when I'm de- 
fending my life. Also, the voices 
in the headset were not very 
willing to save me, so I didn't 
even want to be their friend. 

Even with Antoine as a coach, 
I couldn't get into the game. 
My mind started to think about 
school and what I had to do for 

I would have rather spent 
my time playing "Super Smash 
Brothers" and wearing a puffy 
pink dress as Princess Peach. 

"Call of Duty" quickly became 
my official call to shame. 

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Professor receives 
Scandinavian award 

[TONSING, from Page 5] 
taught courses in religion, reli- 
gious art and Greek. 

This very versatile man has at- 
tended many universities and 
has many accomplishments, in- 
cluding a master's from Berkeley 
and a Ph.D. from Santa Barbara. 

Tonsing's life revolves around 
three elements, which he calls 
the "triple T." 

The triple T consists of "travel, 
teaching and the Tonsing family." 

Tonsing thinks traveling is 

important because "traveling 

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ing happy throughout his life, 
and it is something he still enjoys 
today. Yet, learning is also part of 
his everyday life. 

Paul Wenz was a student of 
Tonsing's who has become a pas- 
tor and professor himself. He 
claims it was Tonsing's love for 
teaching that really impacted his 

"Fred Tonsing has shaped my 
life both as a Lutheran pastor 
and as an adjunct professor of 
philosophy and theology," he 

Wenz also believes Tonsing's 
passion for learning is an admi- 
rable quality and is contagious. 

"Dr. Tonsing has a love of learn- 
ing that is infectious," he said. 

President Chris Kimball also 
attended the ceremony and 
spoke about Tonsing in a very 
inspiring manner. 

"What a widely educated per- 
son he is," Kimball said. "Dr. 
Tonsing is the epitome of what a 
private liberal arts Lutheran edu- 
cation produces." 

For the most part, the cere- 
mony celebrated a man who has 
had a great deal of outstanding 
accomplishments throughout 
his life. Yet, there was also some 
time for a couple jokes. 

A long-time friend and neigh- 
bor of Tonsing's, Bob Ritterbush, 
gave a roast speech. 

Ritterbush spoke about Tons- 
ing's life and even poked fun at 
the fact that he seems to be mar- 
ried to CLU 

Tonsing was the last person 
to speak. He spoke about his 
Scandinavian roots and how all 
Scandinavians who migrated to 
the United States have become 

The speech seemed to connect 
with the audience, especially his 
last line in which he referred to 
Scandinavian Americans. 

"All Americans can rightly 
celebrate and take pride in 
this Scandinavian- American 
heritage," he said. 

The ceremony left the audience 
with a feeling of triumph and 
appreciation for Scandinavian 

Mission possible: Rolland donates $5 million for football stadium 

[ROLLAND, from Page 5] 

the William Rolland Firefighter 

Educational Institute. 

"He is a well respected real es- 
tate entrepreneur who is inter- 
ested in making a difference in 
the lives and educational experi- 
ence of CLU students," Wheatly 

According to Wheatly, the 
final drawings are in develop- 
ment and the final cost is being 
estimated before construction 
permits are acquired for the 
projected summer start time on 

Rolland will be involved 
throughout the entire design 
phase of the stadium. 

The actual construction pro- 
cess will take approximately 12 
to 15 months, assuming there 
are no delays in the permit pro- 
cess or weather. 

This will allow the stadium to 
be open at the start of the 201 1 
Kingsmen football season. 

Rolland has provided the uni- 
versity with an exciting oppor- 

In years past, the CLU stadium 
was not considered acceptable 
to host NCAA playoffs, but with 
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More than meets the eye with invisible disabilities 

For the typical Cal Lutheran 
student, the handicap 

accessibility of every building 
on campus is an unnoticed 

With the exception of the 
occasional athletic injury 
when the downstairs cafeteria 
entrance is just more convenient 
than taking the stairs, we've 
become very negligent to our 
peers with disabilities. 

Our negligence is the result 
of a skewed perception of what 
individuals with disabilities 
look like. 

Most of us never look beyond 

the physical to consider 
disabilities invisible to the 
human eye. 

Hidden disabilities are best 
described as impairments that 
aren't immediately apparent. 

Unlike other disabilities 
that restrict mobility, hidden 
disabilities can range from 
subtleties like temporary 
memory loss to much more 
limiting conditions like dyslexia 
and Asperger's disease. 

Considered an umbrella 
term, the concepts of hidden 
disabilities also include diabetes, 
sexually transmitted diseases, 
heart and liver problems as well 
as depression. 

CLU currently has no 
reported requirements for 
students suffering from hidden 

Current assistance is available 
through the Center for 

Academic and Accessibility 
Resources office, but only 
for those students who are 
mature enough to seek more 
information about their 

However, these students must 
be proactive enough to seek out 
on-campus resources and brave 
enough to identify themselves 
as having a disability. 
Otherwise, the likelihood of 
them succeeding is small. 

Their registration in rigorous 
coursework declines and 
their grades suffer. Without 
notification and the aid of the 
CAAR office, no one at the 
university is fully aware of the 
reasons why. 

The solution to the hidden 
disability problem here at CLU 
is communication. 

On one hand, it is important for 
students suffering from hidden 

disabilities to say something, to 
actively seek the assistance they 
need and deserve. 

On the other hand, it is equally 
important for the university 
to provide students a space to 
safely disclose such personal 

For students at large, the task 
is to change the culture created 
around hidden disabilities. 

Though socially we are 
conditioned to feel empathy 
for our peers restricted to 
wheelchairs and that are mute, 
we rarely consider individuals 
with hidden disabilities. 

Rarely do we explore the stigma 
associated with disabilities that 
effect cognition. 

By creating a culture where 
our peers feel completely 
comfortable disclosing their 
disabilities, our campus culture 
could be enriched as a whole. 

Sparks ignites romance then sees to its demise 

Nicholas Sparks' sappy romance 
stories have been all the craze in re- 
cent years. 

Teen girls from all over America 
flock to movie theaters each time a 
new Sparks movie comes out. The 
box office hits "A Walk to Remem- 
ber" and "The Notebook" paved 
the way for a string of other Sparks 
novels to hit theaters. 

If you watch one of these highly 
anticipated films it is not long before 
you recognize a recurring theme or 
pattern. The plots are often predict- 
able and virtually always tragic. 

What is it exactly that makes 
Sparks' novels and movies so wildly 


Sparks has mastered and fine- 
tuned the ability to manipulate our 
emotions. He strums on our heart 
strings as we watch a relationship 
grow and thrive. Then, the pair 
is tragically ripped apart, often 
through death. 

When 1 go to the movies, I want to 
laugh, feel inspired or at least be en- 
tertained. I don't want to walk away 
from the movies feeling depressed 
and drained, which is essentially 
the effect that Sparks' movies have 
on their audience. 

In real life there is enough sad- 
ness, disease and death as it is. 

Movies offer the opportunity to 
suspend viewers from the realities 
of life and walk away feeling light 
hearted. Watching two people fall 
madly in love then separated by the 
most tragic conditions is not enter- 
taining or enjoyable to me. 

In an interview featured on, Sparks ad- 
dressed the recurring theme of 
"tragic events which lead to love 
with secrets" in his books. 

"In all love stories the theme 
is love and tragedy, so by writ- 
ing these types of stories, I have to 

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include tragedy. What would Ro- 
meo and Juliet be, for instance, if 
they both lived happily ever after? 
Tragedy is hard and sometimes 
painful to write, but, at the same 
time, the stories linger longer in 
people's minds," Sparks said. 

There is no doubt that Nicholas 
Sparks is a talented writer. He must 
be doing something right after all 
the hype about his novels. 

However, I believe happy movies 
can have leave just as strong of an 
impression on people. 

Besides, teens that watch Sparks' 
films may obtain what is not a re- 
alistic image of love. Not all young 
love relationships are going to be 
like Romeo and Juliet, or any of the 
other dramatic relationships de- 
picted through Sparks' films. 

After a while, you begin to draw 
parallels between the plots and the 
conclusion of the movies no lon- 
ger have the desired impact. We 
ready ourselves for the tragic and 
gut-wrenching ending that Sparks' 
filmgoers have come to expect. 

Sparks should attempt to vary his 
novels so that the story line is not 

Besides, every now and then, 
there is nothing wrong with a hap- 
pily-ever-after ending. 

visits lead 
to parties 

We all know that text— "Recruit 
Weekend— Party at the (insert 
sport here) house!" 

When recruits come to Cal Lu, 
the weekend social scene goes into 

How many parties can we throw? 
In a club or house, it doesn't mat- 
ter, as long as there's a lot to do. 

However, I don't think these 
crazy parties are a good idea. The 
main goal is to show the recruit 
an amazing time that, let's face it, 
they'll probably be too drunk to 
remember. This perception of Cal 
Lu does not give the recruit an ac- 
curate view of our school. 

"We have not had any instances 
[of drinking during recruit trips] 
since I've been here and we do not 
condone anyone under the age of 
21 drinking," football coach Ben 
McEnroe said, "We trust our play- 
ers, and we trust that they are go- 
ing to show the recruits the social 
aspects of campus life here at CLU." 

The majority of recruits are look- 
ing at more than one school, so we 
want to seem like the "cool" school 
with tons to do. But let's face the 
facts — we're in Thousand Oaks, 
where there is not much to do. 

Recruits should be getting a full 
view of Cal Lu academics, social 
life and athletics while on their 
recruit trip. I don't see recruits 
being brought to class on Fridays 
or Mondays. In fact, most recruit 
trips are only on Saturday nights. 

"We tell our recruits that when 
deciding on a school, three things 
are key in choosing the best place 
for them. Judge the school on 
academics, campus life and then 
athletics— in that order. We hope 
after going through those three 
aspects of a school that they find 
CLU to be the best place for them. 
We hope that the recruit trip helps 
see the campus life and athletic 
side of CLU," McEnroe said. 

Though recruits should not be 
brought to out-of-control parties, 
its hard to say no parties at all. Re- 
cruits do expect to have a fun time. 

I am not speaking on behalf of 
every sport at Cal Lu. I know some 
teams who have games the day af- 
ter a recruit comes, so they go to 
bed early. The recruits may not 
have had the best night ever, but 
they feel how it would be to be part 
of that team. 

Recruit weekends should be a 
fun time, but there is a happy me- 
dium between an out-of-control 
drinking-fest and sitting at the 
dorms twiddling your thumbs. 

March 10,2010 

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OPINION - Page 9 

Visitor parking irks visitors 



With the majority of CLU 
residents living off of South 
Campus Drive, it is a wonder why 
there is not more visitor parking 
on that side of campus. 

It is a huge inconvenience when 
parents or friends come to visit 
during the week and have to park 
in the Welcome Center parking 
lot, just north of the Mt. Clef 
dorm building. 

The visitor parking is great 
for admissions candidates and 
residents of the Mt. Clef dorm 
building, but bad for parents and 
friends visiting current students. 

Though not a long walk from 
the Welcome Center parking 
lot to the other dorm buildings 
across campus, the travel is made 
difficult when your guest intends 
to spend the night and has a 
sleeping bag and clothes to carry. 

Another issue created by the 
current visitor parking situation 
is that guest speakers often do not 
know where to park. Oftentimes, 
they are unfamiliar with the 

campus and uninformed about Drive directly in front of the 
permits. South and North residence halls 

The areas allowed for visitors is reserved for commuters during 
to park in include the chapel weekdays until 7 p.m. This 
parking lot, the Welcome Center area is never full and could be 
parking lot and the parking lot permissible to visitors at little to 
just north of Olsen Road by the no inconvenience for commuters, 
tennis courts and Aquatic Center. Second, the back row of the 
Street parking is not allowed for Trinity parking lot could also be 
non-permits Monday through open to visitors all days of the 
Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is nice week, every hour of the day. 

I do not think that these 
suggested parking solutions 
would take away much 
needed spaces for residents or 

I am fully aware that a visitor 
can obtain a parking pass for the 
day, which makes the parking 
situation much easier, but what 
if it is a surprise visit and the 
Welcome Center is already 
I am not writing this to 

r mini tuurtesy or Photo courtesy oi ° complain, merely to suggest ways 

to make life simpler for the Cal Lu 

for weekend visitors, but does not resi dents. In fact, I think it is great 

help when a resident gets visitors mat comm uters and residents get 

between the aforementioned free par ki ng wnen other coUeges 

permit I 



I would not classify this as 
a problem, but more like an 
inconvenience. I have a few ideas 
to make it more convenient for 
residents to have visitors. 

First, parking on South Campus 

charge up to $600 for parking for 
the year. 

I hope that these simple 
suggestions will be taken into 
account when the parking plan is 
decided for the 2010/2011 school 

Sex sells but America's values take a hit 

Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll: this 
use to be the motto that all Hol- 
lywood stars lived by, but now 
fame, money and last, but defi- 
nitely not least, sex have taken 
over as the three new kids on 
Sunset Boulevard. 

The media thrives on the fact 
that most celebrities nowadays 
will do just about anything to 
make it to the top of the A-list; 
even if it means throwing their 
morals out the window. 

To make the big bucks, you 
have got to sell the No. 1 most 
important attribute in the media 
today: sex. 

According to a report by the 
Kaiser Family Foundation on, sex on tele- 
vision is on the rise. The study 
of a sampling across 10 channels 
found that portrayals of teenag- 
ers engaging in sex have become 
more frequent, and safe sex mes- 
sages are nearly obsolete. 

Sex images are everywhere. 

Not only in primetime sitcoms 
and dramas, but during com- 
mercials. Marketers try to tan- 
talize us with the happiness and 
pleasure of sex. 

Oftentimes, you'll drive past a 
billboard and there is an allusion 
to sex staring you right in the 
face. There is no way to avoid it. 

Especially in today's media, 
advertising and sex go hand in 

What do all these images of sex 
teach the youth of our nation? 

The media certainly has no 
problem exposing teens to sex. 

The same Kaiser Family Foun- 
dation report found "the over- 
whelming majority of sitcoms 
contain sex at an average rate of 
7.5 scenes per hour. This is espe- 
cially important when consider- 
ing that sitcoms are the genre 
of choice among 8- to 18-year- 

Kids are seeing and learning 
more about sex at a younger and 
younger age. When media is our 
main means of communication, 
it's hard to keep sex out of their 

When I hear my younger cous- 
ins talking to their friends about 
music videos they watched that 
revolve around sex, I feel like the 
media has crossed the line. 

The music industry is one of 
the media outlets that has used 
sex as the top focal point for sales 
and has run with it. 

We are seeing music videos 
with half-naked women dancing 
around or an image of a girl on 
a bed. Some of these songs don't 
have anything to do with this, yet 
sex is used to keep the viewers' 

And, if videos aren't giving 
enough visual messages of sex, 
song lyrics certainly are. 

Rihanna's new song, "Rude 
Boy," blatantly talks about sex 
the entire song. 

She uses inappropriate, overtly 
sexual terms that teenagers and 
young kids hear and oftentimes 

It scares me to think teenagers 
are not only singing these lyrics. 

but mimicking the dance moves 
as well. 

Other songs in the past few 
years that have explicit sexual 
themes include "Candy Shop" 
by 50 Cent, "Birthday Sex" by 
Jeremih, "Right Now" by Akon 
and "What's Your Fantasy" by 

Why do all these celebrities feel 
the need to wear fewer clothes or 
talk about sex? 

They are taking the easy way 
out. Sex sells, and the best way to 
get your foot in the door is to be 
one of those people selling it. 

It's a craze that has gone too 

Sadly, this looks like a theme 
that will continue into the future. 

Chile's quake disrupts economy 
and causes feeling of doom 

As the death toll for Chiles 8.8 
magnitude earthquake on Feb. 
27 reaches 800, people all over 
the world take stock of tragedy by 
looking within, reaching out and 
feeling they are a part of the global 

After the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti 
on Jan. 12, 2005 s Hurricane Ka- 
trina and the 2004 Indian Ocean 
earthquake, some have spoken of 
"donor fatigue": a tiresome, loom- 
ing feeling of doom, not in rela- 
tion to monetary charity, but a 
possibility when considering all of 
the non-financial effects of being 
a world-conscious, humanitarian 
living amongst catastrophic, life- 
altering circumstances. 

As individuals with hearts and 
brains struggle to keep up with 
the calamity, it's wonderful there 
are certain infrastructures in place 
to support the layman in his or her 
disaster- relief efforts. 

The United Nations will contrib- 
ute $10 million from its Central 
Emergency Response Fund to 
help Chile rebuild areas that ex- 
perienced the most significant de- 
struction, such as Concepcion, an 
industrial city to the south of San- 
tiago. The U.N. has also donated 
satellite phones, water treatment 
plants and vaccinations. 

But destruction is in no way con- 
tained within a specific area, nor is 
it possible to foresee exactly how 
high the cost of damages will soar; 
private -sector analysts estimate 
$15 billion to $30 billion. 

Included in the suffering is 
Chile's world-renowned wine in- 
dustry. Ranked as the fourth-lead- 
ing wine exporter to the United 
States after Italy, France and Aus- 
tralia, Chile is believed to have lost 
20 percent of its stored wine. 

At current retail prices in the 
United States, the loss is worth 
$975 million, said Rene Merino, 
president of Wines of Chile, the 

national association. 

Although wine only represents 
1 percent of Chilean exports, the 
wine industry employs 80,000 full 
time workers. 

The Chile earthquake, occurring 
just over a month after the temblor 
in Haiti, does not compare when it 
comes to the loss of human lives. 

The Haiti quake, which occurred 
in a more shallow spot and closer 
to Port-au-Prince, is responsible 
for 220,000 deaths, mostly due to 
widespread building collapse. 

Seismologists and building en- 
gineers agree that while over 
500,000 homes were heavily dam- 
aged during the two minutes of 
intense shaking, fewer lives were 
lost due to Chile's strict building 

After the 1960 Great Chilean 
Earthquake, the most powerful 

A' s 

s the death toll 

for Chile's 8.8 
magnitude earthquake 
on Feb. 27 reaches 800, 
people all over the world 
take stock of tragedy by 
reaching out. 

recorded earthquake to date at 
a 9.5 on the moment magnitude 
scale, Chile put much effort into 
improving their defensive archi- 
tectural standards. 

In addition to having stronger 
buildings, Chile is also a more af- 
fluent country, with a per capita 
economic output that is 10 times 
larger than Haiti's. Better prepara- 
tory measures, more emergency 
resources and the location of the 
quake's epicenter are all contribut- 
ing reasons as to why Chile will 
experience a lesser degree of dam- 

Still, the memory of the recent 
Chilean earthquake, which is also 
responsible for moving the Earth 
off its axis by three inches, con- 
tinues to ravage the South Ameri- 
can country, as well as the rest of 
the world that waits to help, hear 
more information and learn how 
to better prepare for a future of 
what's to come. 

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March 10,2010 


Regals host tournament against top 20 Dili talent 

Amanda Lovett 
Staff Writer 

The 2010 CLU Spring Classic 
ended in a 3-3 game play for the 
Regals, with wins against top Divi- 
sion III schools. 

The Samuelson Aquatics Center 
hosted a variety of top-20 Divi- 
sion III nations best water polo 
teams, including Arizona State, Pa- 
cific, Wagner, CSU Monterey Bay 
and Cal Lutheran, among others, 
marking the season for all compe- 

Friday's games appeared to be a 
great start for the Regals, winning 
both games against Villanova and 
CSU Monterey Bay, tying the vic- 
tory of the day with UC Berkley. 
Senior Joy Cyprian led the Regals 
with nine points for the opening 
day of the contest 

The first two quarters against Vil- 
lanova were a heated battle that 
ended tied at 4-4. Half of the Re- 
gals' points were scored in the last 
quarter of the game: three shots 
by Cyprian, and singles by junior 
Bobby Sanders, sophomore Chris- 
tina Messer and senior Lauren 
Bridges to a final defeating Villa- 
nova with a score of 12-6. 

Senior Heather Bridges and 
freshman Kylee Tomasetti shared 
goalkeeping time, stopping eight 
Villanova attempts to score. 

"In some games, it's not necessar- 
ily about the score, but rather the 
little victories that you get during 
the game, like stopping counter at- 
tacks [and] shot-blocking," Cypri- 
an said. 

Cal Lutheran then took on CSU 
Monterey Bay, to legitimately 
trounce the Otters for the second 
time since 2008. The game started 
out with five goals in the first quar- 
ter set by the Otters; however, the 
Regals were determined to not let 
them prevail, with only two more 
goals scored the rest of the game. 

With junior goalkeeper Rachel 
Hahris 10 saves and the defense 

strategies of the rest of the team, 
the Regals made a large comeback, 
completing the wins for the day. 

Cyprian scored a game high of 
five goals throughout the game to 
bring the game back to life at 9-6 
and L. Bridges topped off the win 
with a final score 11-7. 

" [The strongest positive elements 
of the tournament this weekend 
were] our defense and beating 
our opponents on transitions" L. 
Bridges said. 

The Regals split the wins on Sat- 
urday, talcing a loss to CSU North- 
ridge, but a double-digit win over 
Penn State-Behrend in the after- 

Solid Regal defense put the lead 
at only 4-1 at the half in favor of 
the Matadors. However, CSUN put 
a 9-0 run on Cal Lu in the last 24 
minutes of regulation. 

This run allowed only Cyprian 
to score throughout the entire 
game, ending a final 11-1 defeat by 
Northridge, the first game of the 
Spring Classic that the Regals lost 

"Winning is always nice, but our 
defense against CSUN was the 
best I think I've seen all season," 
Cyprian said. "Our whole team 
this weekend really stepped up to 
the plate and we refused to just roll 
over and give up." 

The double-digit win over Penn 
State-Behrend proved that the 
Regals never roll over and give 
up, scoring an 11-0 lead up until 
the fourth quarter with a two goal 
drought by the Lions. 

Shannon Streeter tied Meredith 
Butte's game-high of three goals 
each to end the game at 12-2. 

Other scorers of the game in- 
cluded freshmen Neika Maryn, 
Sarah Conners, Amanda McNutt 
and Janelle Corugedo, sophomore 
Tiffany Ly and Cyprian. Tomasetti 
made six saves throughout the 

However, Cal Lu's winning streak 
for the Classic diminished in Sun- 
day's games against Wagner and 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photographer 

Up, Up and Away: Senior Heather Bridges goes up for a save during the CLU Spring Classic. 

Pacific, with losses to both teams, 
but not without a hard fight 

Wagners game was close, only 
trailing by less than four goals the 
entire game. The game was left at 
8-5 until about 46 seconds left in 
regulation, with Butte's convert of a 
penalty shot and fourth goal game- 
high closing the game at 8-7. 

In the last quarter, Regals grabbed 
a steal and attempted to score, 
however the play fouled right as 
the horn sounded, relinquishing 
them of a potential tied score for 
the final. 

Butte and Cyprian provided all of 
the Regals' offense throughout the 
game, each converting a penalty 
shot among the rest 

"This tournament was the perfect 
opportunity to figure out what our 
quirks are and how to fix them," 
Cyprian said. "We played great de- 

fensively and have a couple kinks 
to work out on offense." 

"We're determined to get them 
sorted out this coming week in 
practice, and come SCIAC, we 
should be ready to go," she said. 

Sunday afternoon's game against 
Pacific started out with a single 
goal by sophomore Jane Galluzzi 
in the first quarter, but was over- 
shadowed by an 11-0 run by the 
Tigers throughout the next three 

Despite best efforts, the Regals 
could not defend enough against 
the ruthless Tigers, whose goal- 
keeper blocked a majority of the 
attempts made by Cal Lutheran's 

However, in the fourth quarter, 
Butte and L. Bridges stepped up 
and scored two goals before the 
end of the game, which ended at a 

final score of 12-3. 

"We did well this weekend- a lot 
of things to work on before SCIAC 
starts, but that is a good thing," 
Butte said. "Tournaments like this 
are just to get us ready for confer- 

The team believes that this tour- 
nament helped them assess their 
capabilities and weaknesses for this 
season and will ultimately lead to 
success in the SCIAC conference. 

"The team is really coming to- 
gether and we are just amping up 
for some good games during con- 
ference playT Butte said. 

Butte claims that if they keep mo- 
tivated, they will be a tough team 
to overcome this year. 

"As long are our hard work, dedi- 
cation and motivation stay high, 
we're going to be a hard team to 
beat," she said. 


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Kingsmen defeat rival Bulldogs, win streak at seven 

Cal Lutheran 
defeats two top 
30 opponents 

*asha Voinovich 
> Staff Writer 

The Kingsmen earned another 
win this past Thursday, March 4, 
extending their streak to seven. 

The Kingsmen faced the Univer- 
sity of Mary Washington out of 
Virginia, who came into the match 
ranked No. 28. 

CLU began the day with two wins 
in doubles matchups. 

Senior Jordan Culpepper and 
freshman Ray Worley, playing at 
the No. 3 spot, earned an 8-4 vic- 

Playing in the No. 1 spot were ju- 
nior Andrew Giuffrida and fresh- 
man Nick Ballou, who defeated 
UMW's team of Evan Goff and Kaz 
Murata with a score of 8-2. Seniors 
Ryan Lassila and John Karsant of 
CLU lost in a tie-breaking match of 

"Our team looks very solid this 
year. Actually, 1 would say phenom- 
enal," Culpepper said. "Today is go- 
ing better than I actually expected." 

Leading 2-1 after doubles, the 
Kingsmen needed three wins in 
the singles competition to continue 
their winning streak. 

CLU sophomore Justin Wilson 
defeated Evan Goff (UMW) 6-4, 
6-3 at the No. 6 spot Karsant suf- 
fered a 7-5, 6-3 loss in the Kings- 
men's No. 5 spot, while Worley 
managed to hold off Brian Hope of 
UMW 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 4 spot. 

Playing at the No. 3 spot, Lassila 

Undefeated: Freshman Ray Worley has yet to be outplayed in his singles matches for the Kingsmen this season. 

earned a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Mu- 
rata. Lassila's teammate, Ballou, also 
came away with a 6-3, 6-0 win play- 
ing at the No. 2 spot. 

"I had a lot of confidence going 
into [this] match. I was more re- 
laxed and got a great start," Ballou 
said. "As the year has gone on, my 
game has really improved. I feel like 
we have the best No. 1 - No. 4 line 
up in the country." 

The players playing in the No. 1 - 
No. 4 spots have a combined 24-0 

record for the season this far. 

Leading that lineup is Giuffrida, 
who transferred from University 
of Nevada, Las Vegas, a Division 
I school, to play at CLU and came 
away with a 6-0, 6- 1 victory 

"I played very patient," Giuffrida 
said. "My opponent was starting to 
miss a lot of points because of the 
long rallies and my consistency." 

As far as the rest of the season, Gi- 
uffrida feels good about it. 

"I am having very good results 

and that makes me more confident 
for the upcoming matches," he said. 

The Kingsmen ended the day with 
final score of 7-2 over the Eagles of 
UMW. The Kingsmen are ranked 
No. 15 nationally in Division III 

"The team goal for this year is 
to go undefeated in to the NCAA 
tournament and be ranked in the 
top 10," Ballou said. 

"I always want to win and fight as 
hard as I can," Giuffrida said, "but 

Photo by Kevin Baxter - Sports Information 

one of my most important goals is 
to have a great relationship with ev- 
eryone on the team." 

Earlier in the week, the Kingsmen 
defeated the No. 11 Bulldogs of 
University of Redlands for the first 
time since 2003, with a final score 
of 6-3. 

The Kingsmen will face many 
more nationally ranked teams this 
season, including No. 20 Texas- 
Tyler today, and have a chance to 
extend their winning streak 

Three Cal Lutheran students hit high watermark 


hristine Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

Gliding to a strong finish, three 
CLU students made it into the 
top 50 at the SCLAC Champion- 

Seniors Kelley Fry and Aman- 
da Graves, and freshman Will 
Kennedy, made NCAA qualify- 
ing times in each of their events. 

In the finals, Graves was the 

top qualifying swimmer posting 
her time of 2:07:01 placing her 
in second place in the 200-yard 

Graves, swimming in her sec- 
ond year for CLU, was seeded at 
26th in the 200 butterfly and 33rd 
in the 100 butterfly. To make the 
cut, they had to beat out around 
approximately 30,000 swimmers 
from 200 schools in the NCAA 
Division III. 

Since she was 8 years old, 
Graves was never afraid of the 
water and swam competitively 
throughout middle school and 
high school and club teams. 
Graves accepted a swimming 
scholarship at Centenary Col- 
lege in Louisiana but tore her 
ACL two months into the sea- 

Thinking she would never be 
able to swim as fast ever again, 

Photo by Man Buchanan - Staff Photographs 
In Her Element: Senior Kelley Fry has spent over half of her life in and around the pool. 

she transferred to CLU her 
spring semester of freshman 

"I didn't think I wanted to 
swim anymore," Graves said. "I 
had the whole mentality that if I 
was not going to be as fast as be- 
fore my injury, then I didn't want 
to swim at all." 

Fry, also in her last year, broke 
the school record in the consola- 
tion final by nearly eight full sec- 
onds, finishing in 2:09 in the 200 

"I was so excited that I made 
it," Fry said. "With extra motiva- 
tion, I know that I can always go 
faster no matter what, as long as 
I train for it." 

She is honored that she made 
the NCAA B-cut qualifying time 
this time as a senior. During her 
freshman year, she was close to 
making the cut, but fell short. 

Swimming for 12 years as of 
March 21, Fry has been a moti- 
vator and friend to the team this 
year as captain. 

The season started off slow and 
steady for Fry, and she did well 
her first meet. 

In the middle of the season, a 
partial tear in her rotator cuff 
caused her to sit out of competi- 
tion for a month. 

This injury never stopped her 

from making it to the SCLAC 
championships. The month of 
not training for SCIAC gave her 
the ability to get more in shape 
and became more consistent in 
her record times. 

Also making the B-cut this 
year, Kennedy placed 45th in 
the 50 freestyle. Kennedy started 
swimming his freshman year for 
water polo. His high school wa- 
ter polo coach wanted everyone 
to swim, but the coach noticed 
that Kennedy was especially fast. 

He broke the school record in 
the 50 freestyle by half of a sec- 
ond. As a part of the 200 free re- 
lay, 200 medley relay and the 400 
medley relay along with other 
CLU swimmers, he also took 
part in breaking school records. 

"Swimming is one of the sports, 
where unless you are practically 
Michael Phelps, breathing is go- 
ing to slow you down," Kennedy 

Not breathing underwater is 
the best way to win your own 
event, according to Kennedy, 
which is why he is a speedy 

"I don't know if I would've have 
been able to make it to nation- 
als," he said. "But my time in the 
preliminaries got me third place 
in SCIAC." 

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March 10,2010 

Regals start weekend cold, finish up hitting hot 

CLU drops two 
games against 
conference rival 

A n 

ndrew Adams 
b Staff Writer 

The Regals swept a double- 
header from Concordia-Chicago 
on Sunday, rebounding from 
a sweep at the hands of Clare- 
mont-Mudd-Scripps the day be- 

California Lutheran Universi- 
ty beat Concordia-Chicago 3-0 
in the first game of the double- 
header, and won 10-3 in a game 
, that was called after the fifth in- 
ning due to the score. The game 
was the season opener for Con- 

The Regals offense was led by 
senior Emily Robinson, who 
homered in both games. Her 
two-run shot in the second game 
started the Regals scoring effort 
and was part of a four-run out- 
burst that also included senior 
Lizzy Chacon scoring on an er- 
ror and Sara Lichtsinn scoring 
on a bases-loaded walk by center 
fielder Nikki Campbell. 

The runs kept coming in the 
second inning as junior Brean- 
na Johnson scored after leading 
off the inning with a walk and 
Robertson later scored on a sac- 
rifice fly by junior Katie Strang. 

Three more runs were added in 
the third inning as Robertson 
tripled home a run and Strang 
followed with a run-scoring sin- 
gle. The offensive explosion was 
a welcome sight to coach Debby 

"We rebounded well from Sat- 
urday and had a lot of fun today. 
Hitting can sometimes be conta- 
gious and in a lot of ways, it was 
today," Day said. 

Robertson also started the Re- 
gals scoring in the first game of 
the double-header by going to 
the opposite field for a two-run 
home run after junior Lizzie No- 
vak started off the inning with an 
infield single. The Regals' only 
other run of the game came later 
in the same inning when Strang 
drove in freshman Geri Jensen. 

"It felt good today; I really felt 
like I was on," Robertson said. 
"It's always fun to face a new 
team; they don't know us, and we 
don't really know them.' 

The Cougars put together a 
rally in the seventh inning when 
Sara Bader drew a walk and ad- 
vanced to third after a base hit by 
freshman Betsy Statza. However, 
Regals pitcher Talia Ferrari was 
able to work out of it by strik- 
ing out the last two batters of 
the game. Ferrari pitched seven 
strong innings, allowing only 
two hits and two walks while re- 
cording 12 strikeouts. 

"My pitches were working well, 

Photo by Kevin Baxter - Sports Information 

Handing Out Hits: Katie Strang was 3-4 at the plate on Saturday against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. 

my catcher called a great game, 
and I got some great defense," 
Ferrari said. "Plays like we made 
on defense can keep us up and 
keep momentum going." 

The Regals dropped both 
double-header games Satur- 
day against Claremont-Mudd- 
Scripps, falling by a score of 8-0 
in the first game and 6-0 in the 
second game. Chelsea Baker and 

Melissa Munoz each drove in 
two runs in the first game to back 
a strong effort by Athenas starter 
Rebecca Gularte, who scattered 
five hits over six innings, while 
striking out two. Strang led the 
Regals at the plate with two hits 
in three at bats. 

broke open the second game 
with a four-run seventh inning, 

which included RBI hits by 
Baker and Rebecca King. Strang 
again lead the Regals' effort by 
recording the team's only hit off 
Athenas starting pitcher Emma 
Friedenberg, who allowed only 
two base runners in seven domi- 
nating innings. 

The Regals play host to SCIAC 
opponent Whittier on Saturday 
at noon. 

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Olympics make huge comeback 


Andrew Parrone 

The Winter Olympics had to 
come up with something big after 
the ratings disaster of the 2006 Tu- 
rin Games. It's safe to say that they 
delivered this time around. 

The Vancouver Olympics, now 
over a week in the books, gave 
the world the full range of human 
emotion, from ultimate tragedy 
and mourning to nationwide eu- 
phoria. After its ominous begin- 
ning, the games proved to be as 
captivating and entertaining as 
they have been in years. 

NBC executives have to be cel- 
ebrating after the way the Olym- 
pics recovered from the debacle 
four years ago, as the Turin Games 
were the lowest-rated of the mod- 
ern era. NBC relies heavily on the 
Olympics while they are on and 
needed a strong showing this time 

They did just that, as ratings were 
up 20 percent from 2006, with an 
average daily audience of 24.4 mil- 
lion viewers, according to Nielsen. 

Some will always remember these 
Olympics for the death of Geor- 
gian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, 
who crashed during a practice run 
just hours before the opening cer- 
emonies. His tragic accident cer- 

tainly cast a pall over the spectacle 
of the opening ceremonies, and 
brought into question the safety 
procedures and preparations that 
Vancouver made. I mean, no one 
wants to watch Olympic events 
and be fearful for the lives of the 

But as the games pressed on, the 
real story became the resurgence 
of the American Olympians. Four 
years ago, many of the top Ameri- 
cans failed to perform to the high- 
est level, and Germany won the 
overall medal count It became ap- 
parent from the start in Vancouver 
that the United States was on top 
of its game, winning a record 37 
total medals, including nine golds. 

The most dramatic of these was 
also the most bittersweet The 
American hockey team, huge un- 
derdogs going into Vancouver, lost 
in heartbreaking fashion to the 
heavily- favored Canadians, fall- 
ing 3-2 in overtime. Penguins star 
Sidney Crosby fittingly scored the 
winning goal for his country. 

The young Americans seemed to 
grow before our eyes, and would 
not bow in the face of what may 
be the most talented team ever as- 
sembled. Goaltender Ryan Miller 
time and again bailed his team- 
mates out, and his valiant effort 
in goal will go down in American 
Olympic lore. Canada better watch 
out in 2014! 

It was an Olympics of redemp- 
tion for many Americans. Most 
prominent was downhill skier 
Bode Miller, the party boy of Turin 

who seemed to waste away all his 
immense talent After turning his 
life around and becoming a father, 
Miller finally got that long elusive 
gold medal, winning the super- 

Fellow downhill skier Lindsey 
Vonn also created quite the stir. 
In the weeks leading up to the 
Olympics, reports of her bruised 
shin grabbed headlines, causing 
many to wonder if she would even 
compete. Turns out the shin was 
not that much of a problem, as 
she too went on to win gold in the 
downhill. However, the bickering 
between her and teammate Julia 
Mancuso was a little unnecessary. 

Perennial American golden boys 
Shaun White and Apolo Ohno 
also made their mark on Vancou- 
ver. "The Flying Tomato" captured 
his second men's snowboard half 
pipe gold, which he has won back- 

Ohno, the short track speeds- 
kater who first made headlines 
back in 2002, became the most 
decorated Winter Olympic athlete 
in American history. In what was 
probably his final Olympic games, 
he won three medals to put his ca- 
reer total at eight. Perhaps no in- 
dividual has meant as much to the 
Winter Olympics as Ohno. 

The Vancouver Olympics have 
come and gone, and the long wait 
until the 2014 Games in Sochi, 
Russia may be too much for some. 
But if these Olympics have taught 
us anything, it's that the wait will 
be well worth it. 


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it harder for 
students to 
get credit 

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tennis wins 
eight straight 

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Vol. 55 Number 6 

protest rising 
education costs 

Alyssa Harris 
Staff Writer 

"Who's got the power? We've got the 

These phrases were chanted by UCLA 
students on March 5, 2010, as they took 
part in the "Day of Action," protesting fee 
hikes and educational cutbacks. 

As university students from numer- 
ous states across the country are pursu- 
ing higher education, they have also been 
presented with many setbacks due to the 
economy being in a state of recession. 

In the current education system, it is al- 
ready financially challenging to receive a 
university degree and it is now even more 
difficult as there have been budget cuts 
and programs are being cancelled. 

This presents a problem when trying 
to complete a degree in a timely manner 
while trying to receive the proper instruc- 
tion for performing correctly in the work 

According to the Los Angeles Times, 
more than 200 protesters blocked two 
main campus entrances at UC Santa Cruz 
and reportedly smashed a car windshield 
with a metal pipe. 

At UC Berkeley, nearly 150 protesters 
chanted "Money for jobs and education, 
not for war and incarceration." 

The protesters blocked the main pedes- 
trian entrance to campus and sought to 
stop people from walking into the univer- 
sity by hanging "danger" tape across paths. 

In this time of recession, measures have 
been taken to help students continue high- 
er education, such as new scholarships and 
grants being created and awarded to stu- 
dents who are struggling financially. Even 
[See WALKOUTS, Page 3] 

the Echo 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photographer 
Lights, Camera, Action: From left, Grant Berg, Taylor Martinez, Evan Clark and Alisia Bonnetl pose for pictures at the Gender Bender 
Ball on Thursday night. The Gender Bender Ball marked the end of Pride Week. 

GSA promotes awareness of LGBT issues 


The GSA 
provides a 
sense of 
community for 
me and other 
gay, lesbian, 
bisexual and 

Kyle Reed 
GSA Member 


enrik Gjertsen 
Staff Writer 

Multicultural Programs at CLU has many differ- 
ent events going on throughout the year, and last 
week's main event was Pride Week, courtesy of the 
Gay-Straight Alliance. 

The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) has been an ac- 
tive club since 1998, when it was first installed at 
California Lutheran University. GSA's goal has been 
to create an atmosphere where people who recog- 
nize themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or 
transgender can feel comfortable being themselves 
and supportive of their friends. 

"The GSA provides a sense of community for me 

and other gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender 
students. It also provides a place for heterosexual 
students to show support for other LGBT students," 
sophomore Kyle Reed said. 

At GSA's meetings, members discuss related mat- 
ters and current events around the state, country 
and on campus. 

With a combination of fun activities and serious 
discussion, the group also looks at different ways to 
improve GSA with events that are supportive, en- 
tertaining and educational for students. The club 
was initiated for members to take a part in diversity 
and understand issues of social justice 

"The GSA this year, and for the past few years, has 
[See PRIDE WEEK, Page 2] 

Senate promotes meeting to students after recent criticism 

Gannon Smith 
Staff Writer 

Cake and Hawaiian Punch! Is it 
a birthday party? No! It's a CLU 
Senate meeting. 

The Senate meeting was held in 
Nygreen 1 at 5:20 p.m. on Mon- 
day, March 8. Senate meetings 
usually do not have snacks for the 
people attending, but this meet- 
ing was different. 

The Senate used incentives in 
an effort to try to obtain a larger 

audience to bounce ideas off of. 

"We wanted to bring in as many 
students as possible to the meet- 
ing," said Reshai Tate, the presi- 
dent of ASCLUG. "We notified 
people by creating a Facebook 
event, posting statuses about the 
meeting on Facebook and used 
word of mouth to promote the 

All Senate meetings are open to 
any student who wants to see how 
the student fee money is spent by 
our elected leaders. 

Even California Lutheran Uni- 
versity President Chris Kimball 
was in attendance. 

In this particular meeting, 
three main topics were discussed. 

The first topic discussed by ju- 
nior Senator Jesse Knutson, asked 
the question whether or not part 
of the Senate budget should be 
spent on replacing elliptical ma- 
chines in the Gilbert Sports and 
Fitness Center. 

After discussing the issue, the 
Senate decided that a resolution 

would be better at this point in 

The next topic involved CLU 
buying a LED score table with ad- 
vertisement panels for the gym. 

It was brought to discussion by 
senior Senator Matt Kufeld. The 
plan consists of ASCLUG paying 
for about half of the $16,000 for 
the set of tables. The tables would 
be used at every sporting event in 
the gym, and could possibly be 
used at other event at CLU. 

In the discussion, many won- 

dered how this would benefit the 
students as a whole. 

Kufeld defended his plan saying 
that athletics are a big part of the 
college experience, and that this 
table would help enhance that ex- 

A bill to purchase the tables 
could be brought to the table 
within the next three Senate 

The third topic that was actu- 
ally voted on and passed was the 
[See SENATE, Page 3] 


[PRIDE WEEK, from Page 1] 
been amazing," said the club's 
adviser Christine Paul, associ- 
ate director of Student Life. "It 
is a great testament to the stu- 
dents here at CLU. They have 
really done some great pro- 
grams that many people attend. 
The leadership of the club and 
the amount of time that the club 
members put in is just incred- 

For many students at CLU 
who fear rejection because of 
their sexual orientation, GSA 
provides them with a welcom- 
ing community. 

"There is a sense of commu- 
nity among people who are 
LGBT or LGBT friendly," Reed 
said. "[GSA] provides a place for 
people who don't discriminate 
against others because of their 
sexual orientation, to come to- 
gether and talk about issues 
surrounding the gay commu- 
nity and also to have fun." 

According to Reed, the most 
important aspect of being a 

member of the GSA is showing 
up to meetings and supporting 
other LGBT students. 

Pride Week was held around 
campus last week, promot- 
ing awareness of LGBT issues. 
Some events chronicled past 
tragedies and struggles involv- 
ing gays and lesbians. 

Pride Week is a way for all stu- 
dents to learn more about what 
issues are facing gays, lesbians, 
bisexual and transgender indi- 

The GSA is now in its 12th 
year at CLU and shows no sign 
of stopping as it continues to 
provide students with an op- 
portunity to be respected and 
accepted by fellow humans. 

"It can seem like a favor for 
some of the members as they 
are able to fit in more," fresh- 
man non-member Robert Am- 
brose said. "I have friends that ~ Photo courtesy of Casey Klohen 
are members of GSA, and in my Get Your Walk On: CLU students and professional drag queens participated in the drag show last week. Partici- 
experience, it really looks like pants dressed in drag, lip-sang and danced to entertain the crowd. 
people are affected in a good 
way by the program." 

Pride Week 

Gay-Straight Alliance hosts a variety of events to get 
students active in issues surrounding LGBT rights 

Photos courtesy of Casey Klohen 

"Dude Looks Like a Lady": (Top) From left, Miles George and Kachel 
Lichtman at the GSA Drag Show last Monday. (Bottom) Far left, Sam 
Lovetro and far right, Miles George pose with professional drag queens. 
Monday nights drag show was one of the events put on by the Gay Straight 
Alliance during Pride Week last week. 

Jenny Guy 
Staff Writer 

In an effort to rally support for 
CLU's gay and lesbian commu- 
nity, the Gay-Straight Alliance 
(GSA) kicked off their annual 
Pride Week on March 8, which 
consisted of four consecutive 
nights of events. 

The first event was a drag show, 
where both professional and 
student performers dressed in 
the clothing of the opposite sex, 
dancing and lip-syncing to a va- 
riety of songs. 

The GSA Drag Show was hosted 
by freshman Miles George, who 
rocked a pink wig and went by 
the name Sapphire for the eve- 

The crowd was sizable, despite 
the chilly night that accompanied 

this outdoor soiree. With approx- 
imately 60 people in attendance, 
the crowd cheered for every act, 
a few even going up to the stage 
to stick dollar bills in the waist 
bands of several performers. 

"I thought this event was a 
blast," senior Courtney Mur- 
phy said. "And the guys in drag 
looked terrific in those heels." 

Tuesday night's event was a 
showing of the movie, "The Lara- 
mie Project," a dramatic film 
about the aftermath of the mur- 
der of Wyoming citizen Matthew 
Shepard that forced nationwide 
acknowledgment of hate crimes 
against gay and lesbian people. 

Wednesday, the GSA showed 
the the film "Outrage" about 
closeted politicians and their 
anti-gay voting histories, as well 
as the nationwide effort by media 
and officials to keep high profile 
people in the closet. 

"It is important for any club on 
campus to have celebrations and 
traditions, and I think that this 
is one that really showcases the 
GSA," said Christine Paul, GSA's 

"It is equally important for the 
campus community to show sup- 
port for under represented groups 
and for the students, faculty and 
staff who identify as [lesbian, gay, 
bisexual or transgender] to know 
that they have support within 
California Lutheran University." 

The last event of the week, or- 
ganized by GSA member Sam 
Lovetro, was a Gender Bender 
Ball held in the Student Union 

At this ball, CLU students were 
encouraged to dress as their op- 
posite sex, have fun and dance to 
techno music, ending the week of 

celebration on a lively note. 

"My favorite part was the dance 
party. There was cheesecake, 
great music, a photo booth and 
everyone had a great time," ju- 
nior Molly Clancy said. 

"You could tell there was a lot 
of effort that went into planning 
and implementing these events. It 
was definitely the most successful 
Pride Week I've ever been to," . 

When explaining the overall 
sentiment toward Pride Week, 
GSA's vice president Rachel Li- 
chtman said that, in general, the 
reactions to the events were very 

"I've yet to personally hear any 
outwardly negative statements 
about the events. However, I do 
believe that this is partially due 
to the fact that we don't shove 
Pride Week in students' faces," 
said Lichtman, explaining that 
the GSA remains sensitive to op- 
posing views. 

According to the GSA's Face- 
book page, their purpose as a 
club is to work together to pro- 
mote equality by providing a safe 
and welcoming environment for 
all students, no matter their sex- 
ual orientation. 

Many contend that Pride Week 
is just a physical expression to the 
CLU community of that philoso- 

"I'm really looking forward to 
seeing how far the GSA can go in 
the next few years. Our campus 
has so much potential for diver- 
sity, growth and understanding," 
Lichtman said. 

"I think we can reach a higher 
level of acceptance of other peo- 
ple if we simply acknowledge 
their presence and educate our- 

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Pholo by Nicole Chang - Staff Photographer 

Student Experience: (From left) junior Senator Cass Hallagin, freshman 
Senator Melissa Torres, junior Senator Mayan White and sophomore 
Steven Shirk discuss locations of bike racks and smoker stations at last 
Monday's ASCWC Senate meeting. 

Senate passes bill for 
student movie 'Robox' 

[SENATE, from Page 1] 
allocation of $7,500 to fund the 
CLU student produced short 
movie "Robox." 

Before voting, a debate ensued 
about whether or not these funds 
would help all students. Stephen 
Shirk, a member of the "Robox" 
crew was there to answer ques- 

"Some of the materials bought 
with this money would be able to 
be rented out at media services," 
Shirk said. "It would give the stu- 
dents in the multimedia depart- 
ment more equipment to use." 

Most of the money will go to 
renting a Red One camera for 
three days. 

The hope is that with the mon- 
ey, "Robox" will be able to dem- 
onstrate the talents of CLU stu- 
dents and enrich the multimedia 

After the large group discus- 
sions and voting, Senate then 
broke into groups to discuss oth- 

er projects. 

Sophomore Senator Arturo 
Juarez and his fellow Outreach 
Committee members worked on 
ways to reach out to students. 

"Earlier this year we had an on- 
line survey to get feedback from 
the students," Juarez said. "Now 
we are sifting through all the 
surveys to determine how we are 
doing as a Senate." 

One of the other groups was Go 
Green, which focused on making 
CLU environmentally friendly, 
as well as planning activities for 
Earth Week. 

Student Experience spent time 
analyzing spots and situations on 
campus that should be changed 
to make life easier for students, 
and the Student Pride Commit- 
tee finalized details for the third 
and final CLU T-shirt exchange 
happening this Friday. 

Senate meetings start at 5:20 
p.m. every Monday night in 
Nygreen 1. 

Protests seek to protect 
college education 

[WALKOUTS, from Page 1] 
with these efforts though, stu- 
dents from across the nation say 
that it isn't enough and that pro- 
grams should not be cut, which 
will hinder their education. 

"As a college student, I am 
sympathetic to the UC students 
because I know how the feeling 
of financial unease works," said 
Kelsey Dunn, senior liberal stud- 
ies student. "People also have to 
understand that we have been 
in a state of recession for quite 
some time, so for the UC system 
to feel like they are single hand- 
edly dealing with the recession is 
a little unnerving." 

For the UC system to look at 
themselves as more deserving 
doesn't bode well with me, she 

As the educational walkouts 
took place, students held one 
common goal and that was to 
convince the university educa- 
tional systems across the country 

that something must be done in 
order to preserve higher educa- 

According to the New York 
Times, "California's public edu- 
cation system has been racked 
by spending cuts because of the 
state's financial problems, which 
include a looming $20 billion 
budget deficit. Layoffs and fur- 
loughs have hit many districts 
and school systems, along with 
reductions in course offerings 
and grants." 

"How are we going to save the 
future if we can't even get into 
our classes," said Reid E. Mil- 
burn, the president of the Stu- 
dent Senate for California Com- 
munity Colleges." 

Students and faculty are ex- 
pecting the state of California 
to figure out a way that it can 
preserve public higher educa- 
tion and restore the education 
program that has been halted by 
extreme debt. 

Changes to student loans to come 

aide Rodriguez 
Staff Writer 

Subsidized, unsubsidized, federal 
and Stafford. Student loans can be 

While the process of deciding 
what type of loan one will receive 
can be difficult enough, the real 
hassle arrives when it comes time to 
repay the loans. 

In an effort to reduce some stress 
and lower the costs of student loans, 
the federal government made some 
changes that became effective last 

According to consumerismcom-, "borrowers who 
work for non-profit companies or 
the government will qualify for stu- 
dent loan forgiveness." 

Student loan forgiveness is a poli- 
cy where after 10 years, the remain- 
ing balance left on the loan will be 
erased by the government. 

The student loan forgiveness has 
some students reconsidering their 
career choice. 

"I have a lot of student loans 
so I would love to work at a non- 
profit company to reduce my loan 
amount," said Kristina Rodriguez, 

California Lutheran University 
graduate student 

However, another type of federal 
loan, the Perkins loan, allows for 
the remaining balance to be wiped 
away after only two years. 

"Individuals who work at non- 
profit companies that aide at-risk 
children in the community can 
qualify for the Perkins loan for- 
giveness," said Letisia Rodriguez, 
former Perkins loan recipient and 
children's social worker. 

Another change in student loans 
applies to a interest rate to new 

Any subsidized Stafford loan that 
is taken out before June 2010 will 
have a interest rate of 5.6 percent. 
Changes to federal loans may be of 
the most assistance to loans that are 
not backed by the government. 

"[The economy) makes it harder 
to pay back loans, which may make 
[the bank] more shy to give loans," 
said Kirk Lesh, CLU instructor and 
senior economist of the Center for 
Economic Research and Forcasting. 

However, student loans that come 
from the government will not be 
affected by the current economic 

A portion of student loans are 
guaranteed by the government, 
Lesh said, which allows students to 
at least turn to the government for 
financial aid if they are unable to 
receive an outside loan. 

The security of federal loans puts 
some students at ease. 

"With the economy the way it is, 
I am glad that at least federal loans 
will be available as outside loans 
seem harder and harder to receive," 
K. Rodriguez said. 

Borrowers are not the only group 
that will benefit from the new 
changes in student loans. 

Last year, the Department of Trea- 
sury and Federal Reserve Board 
created the Term Asset-Backed 
Securities Loan Facility (TALF), 
which helps lenders receive more 

The TALF allows "banks to use 
loans as collateral to get money 
from the Federal Reserve Bank of 
New York " Lesh said. 

However, besides being able to 
collect money based on your loans, 
the TALF will have no real affect on 
the borrower and often times, will 
not even know if their loan will be 
used as collateral. 

New laws designed to protect students 


reanna Woodhouse 
Staff Writer 

The Credit Card Accountabil- 
ity, Responsibility and Disclo- 
sure Act of 2009 went into effect 
on Feb. 22, 2010, and will impact 
college students who apply for a 
credit card. 

The legislation is designed to 
improve consumer disclosures 
and end some unfair and de- 
ceptive practices in the credit 
card industry. New provisions 
include specific rules and re- 
strictions designed to protect 
college-age students. 

One of the new guidelines is 
that a credit card cannot be is- 
sued to anyone younger than 21 
unless they have a cosigner, such 
as a parent, guardian or spouse, 
or can provide proof of a means 
to pay their credit. 

In addition, the law bans credit 
card companies from giving 
students freebies, such as free 
T-shirts, in exchange for signing 

up for a credit card on or near 
campus or at college sponsored 

The act also prohibits creditors 
from issuing a credit card to stu- 
dents who have not applied for 
one first, and requires that stu- 
dents who do apply submit proof 
of income and financial history. 

"I'm glad that I'm over 21 be- 
cause I would not be able to get 
a credit card since no one would 
be able to cosign with me and I 
don't have a full time job," ju- 
nior Jessica Mew said. "It would 
definitely put me in a sticky situ- 
ation, luckily I already have my 
credit card and I'm 21. I under- 
stand why the law exists but it's 
still maybe a little too strict." 

According to a 2008 study by 
Sallie Mae, provider of saving 
and paying for college programs, 
college students carried an aver- 
age balance of $3,173 on their 
credit cards last year. 

"I think this law is a good idea 
to have a person obtain a credit 

card if they are over 21 because 
you now have to prove that you 
can pay it off. If a person wants 
a credit card so bad then they 
should just get a debit card," ju- 
nior Rachel Hubbard said. 

Along with the provisions on 
college students, the Federal 
Trade Commission's Free Credit 
Reports Rule will require disclo- 
sures in advertisements for "free 
credit reports." 

For example, any Web site of- 
fering free credit reports must 
include a disclosure that men- 
tions free credit reports. 

The disclosure must include a 
clickable button that reads "Take 
me to the authorized source" 
and clickable links to Annu- and FTC. 

The Fair Credit Reporting Act 
guarantees you access to free 
credit reports from each of the 
three nationwide credit report- 
ing companies: Experian, Equi- 
fax and TransUnion. 


Vandalism called hate crime 

On Sunday, March 14, 20 Mt Clef 
Hall residents found their cars van- 
dalized with graffiti. Graffiti was also 
left on one of the outside residence 
hall windows of Pederson HalL 

According to an e-mail from Bill 
Rosser, vice president of Student Af- 
fairs, a swastika was "placed on a lo- 
cation where someone of the Jewish 
faith resides with a presumed intent 
to mtrmidate.'' 

This incident was classified as a hate 
crime and is being investigated by 
the Ventura County Sheriffs Depart- 

Steaks and chicken breasts are marinated and 


Rice and beans cooked daily without lard 

Fresh salsas and guacamole made every day 

One block from CLU! 

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• Karla Wildberger: Planted to Benefit 
j^^ the World 

10:10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

*■* • The Need: Taradactyls 
10 p.m. SUB 

• Traditional Ghanian Dance Workshop 

gg 3:30 p.m. Dance Studio 
r— • "Home Free!" and "The Most Massive 
Woman Wins" 

8 p.m. Black Box Theatre 

• West African Music and Dance: Saa- 
kumu Dance Troupe 

8 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

J • "Home Free!" and "The Most Massive 
Woman Wins" 

8 p.m. Black Box Theatre 




• Hike to Sycamore Canyon/Beach Wor- 
r**~a ship 

CxJ 12:30 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

• Love and Hope for Haiti Concert 

O 4 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

• "Home Free!" and "The Most Massive 
,__ Woman Wins" 

2 p.m. Black Box Theatre 

• Lord of Life Worship 

6:15 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

• ASCLUG Senate Meeting 

5:20 p.m. Nygreen 1 

♦ ASCLUG Programs Board Meeting 

7:15 p.m. Nygreen 1 


Next Week: 

• Hunger Awareness Dinner 
pv"j 6 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 
t— • Film: "Praying In Her Own Voice" 

7 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 

• University Chapel: Chris Kimball - Planted to be Pruned 

• The Need 

• Arete Vocal Ensemble 

• Spring Break 

Do you have an event to submit to the Echo? 

E-mail date, time, location and contact information to 

(805) 777-7883 
398 N. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 

(In the Best Buy plaza, next to Ross) 

Join us for St. Patricias Day!! 

March \J @5 p.m. 

Live music and green beverages 

Irish specialties all night 


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A smile a 
day goes a 
long way 

Sodexo employee 
Alicia Villalpando has 
been greeting hungry 
students with 'Hola 
mijo' for 25 years 


rad Henrickson 
Staff Writer 

If anyone has been to the 
CLU cafeteria within the last 
25 years, you have been greeted 
with a warm smile followed by 
the phrase, "Hola mijo!" 

This traditional Latin Ameri- 
can phrase of endearment has 
become renowned throughout 
the campus because of long- 
time Sodexo employee Alicia 

Villalpando has worked in the 
California Lutheran University 
cafeteria since April 1, 1985, 
first in the kitchen, then seven 
years ago she moved to cashier, 
where she is best recognized. 

She has left an impression on 
students who eat at the cafete- 

"I look forward to eating just 
to hear her say 'hola mijo,'" 
sophomore Matt Lewis said. 

Very humble and soft-spoken, 
she smiled when she found out 
about her interview. 

When asked to answer some 
questions she said, "No don't 
ask me, ask everyone else down- 
stairs; they deserve it." 

This subtle and sweet disposi- 
tion is what makes Villalpando 
such a memorable part of the 
student's eating experience. 

The sheer love and respect Vil- 
lalpando has for every student 

[See VILLALPANDO, Page 6] 

Behind the Scenes with Sound the Sky 

Jorge Martinez 
Staff Writer 

Local band, Sound The Sky, 
seeks support to become one of 
the many bands to play at the Vans 
Warped Tour. 

The tour crosses the country 
and is scheduled from April 9 to 
August 15. It is known to be one 
of the most attended tours in the 
United States and it is also highly 
competitive. Bands rely solely on 
fan voting to get onto the tour. 

The band is made up of four very 
talented students: CLU senior and 
guitar player Chris Capellini, lead 
vocalist Cassie Purtlebaugh, base 
player Shawn Averill and Gilbert 
"Gibby" Lopez on drums, who all 
strive to help people openly search 
for a belief system. 

Capellini and Purtlebaugh cre- 
ated the name for the band about 
a year ago. 

"It encourages people to sound 
their truth," Purtlebaugh said. 

Sound The Sky performed at the 
CLU-sponsored Haiti benefit con- 
cert last month. The band also per- 
forms all over California, includ- 
ing locally in Camarillo. 

Lyrics are something that is very 
important to the band, and Capa- 
ellini believes that having positive 
lyrics is a unique and essential as- 
set to their music. 

"We care about the message that 
is portrayed in the lyrics," he said. 
The bands lyrics are not religious, 
but positive and open to interpre- 

Averill joined the band a couple 
months after it's initiation. After 
searching for a drummer, the band 
finally found one - "Gibby." He is 
a brand new member that became 
part of Sound The Sky only weeks 
before the results of the bands were 
announced for the tour. 

Lopez is very excited to have 
joined Sound The Sky and thinks 
that having a female as a lead vo- 

Photo courtesy of Sound the Sky - 

Rocking Out: Cassie Purtlebaugh passionately sings at local performance. 

calist is great. 

"The overall sound of the music 
is what pulled me toward Sound 
The Sky. It is just so much different 
than anything else," he said. 

Sound The Sky claims to be a 
form of alternative rock with a 

"We play a different type of 
sound, it's a type of alternative 'riff' 
rock," Averill said. 

Lopez also likes the direction 
that the band has taken. "I like this 
band because we are serious musi- 
cians with a direction," he said. 

Their combined skills and inter- 
esting sound is what the band had 
counted on in order to make it to 
Vans Warped Tour, but unfortu- 
nately came up short. 

The top 100 bands with the most 
votes move on to the next stage 
where their music is evaluated by 
judges. The judges then pick four 
bands for each day of the tour, 
which are then allowed to per- 

This young bands efforts will 
have to prepare for upcoming con- 
certs and tours. 

Reel Justice 
Woman 's Day 


ourtney Minton 
Staff Writer 

International Women's Day is a 
day to reflect on how far women 
have come from the days of op- 
pression. But what if you live in a 
country where that oppression still 

The film "View From a Grain of 
Sand" was the latest film in CLU's 
Reel Justice Film Series. This film 
examines these issues through the 
eyes of three Afghan women: a 
doctor, a teacher and a rights activ- 
ist. These women, who are part of 
Revolutionary Association of the 
Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), 
fight for their rights every day. 

The women, who writer and di- 
rector Meena Naji followed and 
filmed, risked their lives by se- 
cretly filming horrible treatment 
of women. 

"A woman was beaten because 
her shoes made too much noise as 
she walked," Naji said. "Everybody 
we talked to had a very intense 

This film took Naji to the danger- 
ous depths of Afghanistan. What 
she discovered was horrifying. The 
context of how the Taliban came 
into being was one of the main fo- 
cuses of the movie. 

"I was horrified when I first 
heard about the Taliban," Naji said. 
"But the Taliban is not the prob- 
lem. It's the rooting of this extrem- 
ist Islamic ideology that they have 

Women aren't allowed to work 
and, in turn, aren't provided with 
healthcare. If they have an injury 
or ailment, they won't get treat- 
ment because there are no women 
doctors and the male doctors are 
[See WOMEN, Page 6] 

Choir students budget their funds for Italy tour 


ess a Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

College is not only a time for 
earning academic credits and hav- 
ing fun, but also transitioning into 
an adult life of independence and 
financial responsibilities. For CLU 
choir students who are paying the 
$2,500 fee to go on tour in Italy this 
summer, the realization happens to 
kick in early. 

Starting on May 16, members of 
the CLU Choir and Women's Cho- 
rale will depart for their seven-day 
tour in Italy. 

The trip organized by Gateway 
Festivals and Tours brings the stu- 
dents to perform in various cathe- 
drals and churches while showing 
them the very best sights of Milan, 
Venice, Florence, Rome and the 

Even with assistance from the mu- 

sic department, each student still 
needs to contribute $2,500 toward 
their personal costs, which is to be 
paid in increments of $100, $200 
and $500 over four months. 

The package includes plane tick- 
ets, hotel fees, continental breakfast 
and transportation in Italy. Students 
will have to be prepared to cover 
lunch, dinner and possibly souve- 
nirs on their own. 

"It's a very good deal," junior Jes- 
sica Seaton said 

Fundraising efforts such as bake 
sales, recycling and change collect- 
ing have been made by choir stu- 
dents to alleviate the costs among 
themselves. However, lack of fund- 
ing is a major reason why a number 
of people cannot afford to make the 

"I can understand if there are 
those that decided not to go. [But] 
it is totally worth it. Dr. Morton has 

been working very hard to make 
sure that we'll really enjoy our stay 
in Italy" said Katey Wade, president 
of CLU Choir. 
Although there is much to look 

forward to dur- 
C C ing this oppor- 

Dr. Morton tunity of a life 
has been time, partici- 

working very pants first have 
hard to make to deal with a 
Sure that big payment 

we'll really that competes 
enjoy our with their stu- 

stay in Italy." dent loans and 

personal ex- 
Katie Wade penses. 
Choir President Junior Miguel 

Tenorio is cur- 
rently a member of the choir and 
jazz ensemble a club, aCLUpella, the 
new acapella club on campus, and 
Lord of Life worship. He also works 
10 to 20 hours a week between his 

three jobs as an Events staff, a math 
tutor and a Fun Flicks employee. 

"I have to work a lot of extra hours 
to make money for the trip. I [still] 
had to take out a loan," Tenerio said. 

Unlike Tenorio, both Seaton and 
Wade had to quit one of their two 
jobs because they can no longer 
maintain the commitment. 

Wade currently has an intern po- 
sition within a church, which not 
only helps her pay for the trip but 
also provides communal support. 
Seaton is consumed in fulfilling her 
teaching credentials and working 
as a resident assistant in Pederson 

"Budgeting" seems to be an alien 
term for these students because it 
is not budgeting when they do not 
have any money. 

"I don't budget because I hardly 
spend money on anything except 
gas, laundry and loans," Seaton said. 

She cannot stress enough on the 
importance of saving because it pre- 
pares one for unexpected expenses 
and gives them a good start at be- 
coming financially independent 

Tenorio gives a tip of keeping 
mental notes of how much money 
you have and regularly checking 
your account balance online. 

"I don't spend money on some- 
thing I don't need. I guess I'm re- 
sponsible," he said 

The upcoming Italy tour is cer- 
tainly a fascinating opportunity for 
choir students to visit and learn 
about the country's rich culture and 
history, to fulfill their passion of vo- 
cal performing and to bond with 
each other. 

However, if there is something 
everyone can take away from this, 
it is an insightful lesson about how 
difficult and rewarding it is to be fi- 
nancially responsible. 

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Sandy, grainy view opens eyes| Brightening up the 

cafeteria since 1985 

(WOMEN, from Page 5] 

not allowed to touch the women. 

The mis- 
of women 
became ac- 
c ep tabl e 
through the 
Taliban re- 
gime. Men 
began to use 
religion as a 
for beatings, 
and public 
became customary. 

"Women are viewed as a distrac- 
tion away from God," Naji said. 
"They became acceptable targets 
for abuse in the name of religion." 

In Afghanistan, because of the 
constant war, there is severe psy- 
chological damage among all 

people. Ninety-eight percent of 
the country is severely depressed. 
Women now shoulder the burden 
of depression from war and beat- 

"The beatings are blamed on the 
women. It's not who beats her, but 
what she failed to do to cause the 
beatings," Naji said. 

Since the Taliban has been taken 
down, there are approximately 2-3 
million women students out of 
about 6 million students total. As 
a result, schools have been burned 
down and teachers who teach these 
women are being killed. 

There has also been a law put into 
effect legalizing marital rape. This 
law states that a woman must pro- 
vide her husband with sex at least 
once every four days. This law also 
legalizes marriage to, and rape of, 
minors. Because of this 
considered property. 

Naji's main objective for show- 
ing this film is to show how much 
our action 
L 1 here impacts 

m \ people over 

\AJf there. 

^HT "We have 

^H impacted 


women m a 
pretty nega- 
tive way so 
far. Gener- 
ally people 

hearted here 
and if they 
know what's going on and we need 
to keep our eyes and ears open 
to know what is going on in our 
name. The women of Afghanistan 
deserve the same rights that we 

Photos courtesy 

The Fashion Plate: A Healthy Serving Each Week 

Bellbottoms are back, again 

friends recently said, "I'm nostal- 
gic for eras I wasn't even born in." 

I feel her pain. 

Each time a commercial rolls 
across the TV or Hulu screen for 
the Kirsten Stewart and Dakota 
Fanning film "The Runaways," I 
am caught in a trance. 

"The Runaways," a biopic based 
on the lives of 70s rock 'n' roll 
singers Joan Jett and Cherie Cur- 
rie, embraces the era for all of its 
glam, androgynous worth. 

When the film opens this week, 
it will undoubtedly leave its audi- 
ence feeling a need to bring the 
70s back, again. 

This will be director Floria Si- 
gismondi's first full-length film. 

Prior to this, Sigismondi was 
known for her innovative music 
videos for artists like The White 
Stripes, Marilyn Manson and 
Christina Aguilera, with their 
distinctive trademark of being 
very ashen, decayed and dream- 
like with just a hint of appearing 
musty enough to find in an attic 

For "The Runaways," based on 
a memoir by Currie, the film's 

costume designer Carol Beadle 
hit up Amoeba Records in L.A. 
to check out vintage magazines 
like Circus (strangely enough, I 
remember reading back issues 
of that as a child) and Melody 
Maker and used real-life rock star 
inspiration in rock stars David 
Bowie and the New York Dolls. 

Costume and vintage stores 
were hand-combed for the au- 
thentic outfits and platforms, the 
quintessential shoe of the decade, 
were sought after by custom cob- 
blers all over Sunset Boulevard. 

The end result? Over 150 cos- 
tume changes for the actors. 

When the film 
opens this week, 
it will undoubtedly 
leave its audience feeling 
a need to bring the '70s 
back, again. 

Both Stewart's and Fanning's 
portrayals of Jett and Currie 
stayed true to the decade, but dif- 
fered from one another. 

Stewart as Joan Jett, infamous 
for her famous black mane of 
hair and killer attitude, was a true 
rock 'n' roll badass. 

Studded blazers, aviator sun- 
glasses, cherry red leather pants 
paired with imposing platforms 
and huge belt buckles are all a 
part of her devil-may-care look. 

Fanning as Currie is the sweeter 
counterpart, but beware of the 

deceiving feathered blonde hair 
and doe eyes. 

Fanning rocks the jailbait look 
with her signature white corset 
and fishnet stockings, sequined 
tops and jumpsuits, and draws 
red lightning bolts onto her face, 
a la Bowie in the Ziggy Stardust 

The girls of "The Runaways" 
don their jet black eyeliner, ruby 
red lips and bedhead hairstyles 
and rock out, inspiring future 
generations like Courtney Love 
and girl group The Donnas. 

Perhaps the biggest thing to 
come away from the era was the 

No height too tall and no color 
or design too absurd was rejected 
for the film. 

Andre #1, a cobbler on Sunset 
Boulevard, who created shoes for 
KISS and the actual Runaways, 
worked to create the shoes to fit 
the era. 

"The Runaways" fever has even 
hit the runway with platforms 
found in Balmain and Rick Ow- 
ens shows, and corsets popping 
up in Dior and Gaultier shows, 
inspiration to the next genera- 

Right on. 

"The Runaways'' was 
already released at the 
Sundance Film Festival in 
January, but will preinire 
locally in theaters starting 
March 19. 

Photo by Doug Barnett - Photography Editor 
'Hola mijo': Alicia Vallalpatido swipes a student's ID card in the cafeteria. 

[VTLLALPANDO, from Page 5] 

she serves on a daily basis radi- 

"My favorite part of my job? It 
would have to be interacting 
with my students, or my 
mijos," Villalpando said. 

Working in the cafeteria 
for as many years as Vil- 
lalpando has, invevita- 
bly led to making many soon. I love 
friends. this job. I 

"Every day my freshmen love it." 
year after soccer practice 
I'd go talk with her. She's Alicia 
so nice, and I love being Villalpando 
able to speak Spanish Sodexo 
with someone every now employee 
and then," junior Jorge 
Martinez said. 



There has not been a day where 
Villalpando did not have a smile 
on her face, which explains her 
positive reputation among the 

During her years of 
as the cashier, Villalpando was 
bound to witness numerous ev- 
eryday events in the students' 

The strangest thing 
she had ever seen at 
I do not plan the cafeteria involved 
on leaving unfortunate accidents. 

"Oh I'm not sure, 
sometimes students 
trip on the stairs," Vil- 
lalpando said. 

How long will we be 
graced with her pres- 
ence in the CLU caf- 
:e "I do not plan on 

leaving anytime soon. 
I love this job. I love it," she said. 
Students for years to come will 
get be able to walk into the cafe- 
teria and get the same kind greet- 
ing that hundreds of students 
have received for years. 


Margaret Nolan 

Matthew Kufeld 

Carly Robertson 

Trace Ronning 

Doug Barnett 



Brooke Hall 

Ms. Colleen Cason 

Lindsey Brittain 
Alex Lastort 
Hallie Walsh 
Mayan White 

Jonathan Culmer 

March 17, 2010 

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Mr. Kingsman crowned 

Photo by Carly Robertson - Features Editor 
The Gang: Mr. Kingsman contestants pose before the Club Lu event began. 


arly Robertson 
Features Editor 

On March 12, the Preus-Brandt 
Forum echoed with laughter as a 
crowd of 300 students gathered 
to watch the eight contestants 
battle for the title of Mr. Kings- 

ASCLUG president and CLU 
Choir member Reshai Tate was 
crowned Mr. Kingsman after 
winning over judges senior Ta- 
lia Loucks, CLU alumnus Chase 
Linsley and Campus Public Safe- 
ty officer Bill Irwin. 

"It represents pride of the 
school," said Programs Board 
Committee Chair Anna Meyer. 
"Students nominate the candi- 
dates, which provides for a better 

The event did include a whim- 
sical opening dance routine 
choreographed by dance team 
captain Margaret Nolan, but 
tastefully lacked elaborate dress- 
es, big hair and the desire for 
eternal world peace. 

Instead, the contestants were 
judged on a series of categories: 
talent, question and answer, wa- 

ter wear and formal wear. 

Life-size cardboard cutouts of 
each contestant reading "Only 
one can be Mr. Kingsman" greet- 
ed students as they entered the 
Forum foyer. 

"We started with what had 
been done in previous years, but 
we thought the idea of cutouts 
would be a funny touch," Meyer 

Though the competition was 
stiff, the contestants weren't 

"It wasn't a surprise. I've been 
nominated three times," junior 
Jesse Knutson said. 

Even rookie-freshman Will 
Kennedy, who hadn't heard of 
the Club Lu event before his 
nomination, played it cool while 
rehearsing his talent on his uni- 
cycle before the show. "I've been 
nominated for stuff in the past," 
Kennedy said. 

Minus the glitz and glamour 
that stereotypic ally shadows pag- 
eants, Mr. Kingsman proved to 
be a comical event. 

Jokester sophomore Nate Max- 
well-Doherty described the night 
in one word, "magical." 

Great minds think alike 

Lauren Puopolo 
Staff Writer 

Cal Lutheran students Claire 
Whitten and Carly Schmidt put 
their minds together to create 
a winning poster for Thousand 
Oaks 13th annual Arbor/ Earth 
Day community event. 

Professor Barry Burns assigned 
the poster project to his graphic 
design class last semester. Ac- 
cording to Burns, he asked the 
class to split up into four teams 
and come up with a concept that 
would impress the city of Thou- 
sand Oaks. 

Burns watched the women cre- 
ate the poster in class. He de- 
scribed their process as creative 
and courageous. 

"The fonts they used were kind 
of unusual. They used a lot of nice 
textures that were surprising and 
different," he said. 

The purpose of the event is to 
promote a healthy, prosperous 
and sustainable environment by 
highlighting planet-friendly ac- 
tivities, services and products. 

Whitten and Schmidt will be 

presented a special award by the 
mayor of Thousand Oaks on 
April 24. 

"This is so exciting. I really en- 
joyed working on this project 
with Carly in Graphic Design. 
We just worked hard and put our 
ideas together. I learned a lot in 
the class and tried to put as much 
as I could of if into our project," 
Whitten said. 

Schmidt, a junior advertising 
and public relations major, also 
commented on the experience. 

"Through the whole process 
Claire and I helped each other as 
well as gained knowledge from 
Barry, "Schmidt said. "I'm so glad 
that the contest liked our work 
and I can't wait to see our poster." 

The poster wasn't an easy as- 
signment for Whitten and 
Schmidt. According to the girls, 
they had to change their project 
three times before it was done. 

"We found out that we made it 
to the finals, but we had to re- 
do what the company wanted," 
Schmidt said. "Then eventually 
we got an e-mail saying 'hey you 

He Said, She Said: A little of him, a little of her 
Shopping and a chick flick, his nightmare 

Antoine Adams 

If only 1 was a girl. Then may- 
be I would enjoy and appreciate 
the value of having the mall and 
movie theater only five minutes 
from campus. 

Unfortunately all I can think 
about is how boring the mall is. 

There are at least 10 different 
things I'd rather be doing than 
shopping and going to see a 
chick flick. 

It always seems to happen 
whenever I go on a movie date. I 
get tricked into going to Forever 
21 beforehand. 

Forever 21 is a two-story mega- 
store with anything a girl could 
ever want to wear. I'm sorry but 
there is no appeal to me. I go in 
and I immediately want to leave. 

I always hear, "they have guys' 
clothes, too." 

Their guys' section is as big as 
Trinity's kitchen. A very small 
section that has nothing I would 
ever even consider trying on. 

It's just never a fun time to be 
inside Forever 21. I'm always the 
guy in the store waiting for his 
girlfriend while she tries out at 
least 10 different tops that all 
look the same. 

Then you see another guy 
looking just as pitiful as you do 
and exchange the common head 
nod. I know we are both think- 
ing, "how did we ever get tricked 
into coming here. ..again." 

I lost at least an hour of my 
life waiting in a store I wouldn't 
have even heard of if I didn't 
have a girlfriend. Oh, and there 
are no seats. 

After that daunting trip I had 
to go sit through yet another 
chick flick. 

All chick flicks have the same 
plot. I know what I'm getting 
myself into before I even order 
my popcorn. 

It starts off with a boy meet- 
ing a girl. Then girl falls in love 
with boy. Boy and girl get in a 
fight and separate. Then they 
can't live without each other and 
get back together. The end. 

I was desperate for an unex- 
pected twist in the movie to 
wake me up, but "Remember 
Me" ended up being another ste- 
reotypical, cheesy romance. 

However, I was surprised when 
the movie took the audience in 
an ususual direction at the end. 
It kept me from snoring and 
made every girl in the theater 
tear up. 

If you've seen one chick flick 
you've seen them all. 

There's nothing spectacular 
about having a mall and movie 
theater next to each other. 

If there was a sports bar where 
I could watch the Los Angeles 
Lakers game with a beverage in 
hand, then I would have some- 
thing to talk about. 

Alexandra Butler 

There is something oddly en- 
ticing about good-looking men 
and nice clothes. 

Even more odd, I find that 
clothes can be a lot like men. 

A flirty pink shirt catches your 
eye and you wonder, can I see 
myself wearing it on a future 
Friday night? 

Is this something I need to in- 
vest in? 

Unfortunately for my bank ac- 
count, my answer is usually yes. 

Then I have this fabulously 
scandalous dress hanging in 
my closet that I wore once to a 
friend's birthday party. 

Just like a man, who's too good 
looking not to "buy," but ends 
up being just another number in 
my little black book. 

Or high heels. We look fabu- 
lous in them, yet they kill our 

Just like the sexy men women 
have in their lives, they make ex- 
cuses for them, too. 

Then there are sensible jeans 
that are dependable for every 

Just like men, some are just 
comfortable to be around and 
make a girl feel beautiful. 

The Oaks mall has created a 
haven for a lady's addiction to 
credit cards and beauty. 

Forever 21 has recently built a 
store filled with sparkly dresses, 
rockstar leggings and vintage 
chic sweaters. 

It is almost overwhelming. 

It even includes a men's sec- 

This makes it very convenient 
to lure even a male friend into 
the tremendous store with you. 

Forever 21 is every girl's dream 
and every guy's compromise. 

A shopper leaves the store with 
a feeling of power and a self- 
esteem boost — they came, they 
shopped and they conquered 
two levels of shopping heaven. 

All this shopping can make 
anyone hungry and tired. 

Well, that's not a problem be- 
cause they can take a seat and 
rest in the luxurious seats at the 
Muvico Theaters. 

"Remember Me" is a new mov- 
ie which premiered this week 
starring Robert Pattinson who is 
best known for his character as 
vampire, Edward Cullen in the 
"Twilight" series. 

"Remember Me" is a love story 
that has an extreme twist at the 

Girls will love Pattinson's he- 
roic relationship with his little 
sister, and emotionally connect 
to the plot. 

The movie surprised me be- 
cause I thought it would be a 
cliche romance. 

However, the story line sin- 
cerely addressed family issues 
and dynamics and goes deeper 
than young love. 

A shopping trip to The Oaks 
mall equals a lovely afternoon of 
shopping, and eye candy at the 
movie for us women. 

Now the trick: convincing a 
date to go with you. 


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March 17, 2010 

Race for California's next governor is off to a bizarre start 



With the primaries for Califor- 
nia's next governor swiftly ap- 
proaching on June 8, it is time 
to become acquainted with the 

True to the past few gubernato- 
rial elections in California, there 
are a few candidates who should 
not be taken seriously and who 
use their celebrity to get noticed. 

Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, bet- 
ter known as Zsa Zsa Gabor's 
ninth and current husband, an- 
nounced on Feb. 16 that he will 
be running for governor as an 
independent. This is the same 
man who claimed to have had 
an affair with the late Anna Ni- 
cole Smith and argues that he is 

the father of her daughter Dan- 

And we all thought Gary Cole- 
man running for governor in the 
2003 recall election was a joke. 

Other celebrity independents 
include Georges Marciano, co- 
founder of GUESS? jeans, and 
comedian Royce Doriazio. 

In serious news, there are five 
hopefuls running for the Demo- 
crat and Republican nomina- 

The hopeful Democrats include 
Jerry Brown, Richard William 
Aguirre, Stephen L. Rush, Edie 
Bukewihge and Joe Symmon. 
Brown is the obvious shoo-in for 
the Democrats and is the only 
one with any real background 
and experience in politics. 

Brown is the current state at- 
torney general, elected in 2006. 
He has had a very long political 
career beginning in 1970 when 
he was elected the California 
secretary of state. He was elected 

governor of California twice in 
1974 and 1978— before the two 
time term limit law was made— 
which is why he is able to run 
again. He served as the chair- 
man of the state Democratic 
Party for three years. Brown also 
was elected mayor of Oakland in 
1998 and in 2002. 

The republican hopefuls in- 
clude Meg Whitman, Steve 
Poizner, Kevin Goyette, Douglas 
R. Hughes and Larry Naritelli. 
The real race will be between 
Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner. 

Whitman has no political 
background, but she was CEO 
of eBay for 10 years and has a 
personal net worth upward of 
$1 billion. Whitman's main pri- 
orities as governor are to create 
jobs, cut spending and fix educa- 

She is also the financial back- 
er of the infamous "demonic" 
sheep commercial that has gone 
viral. The political ad attacked 

opponent Poizner's spending 
history and denounced him as 
a Fiscal Conservative in Name 

Poizner has more political ex- 
perience than Whitman and is 
currently serving as the state in- 
surance commissioner. He is an 
entrepreneur who founded two 
highly successful technology 
companies. Poizner has served 
on the National Security Coun- 
cil and was elected a lifelong 
member of the Council of For- 
eign Relations. His main cam- 
paign promise is to cut govern- 
ment spending. 

Although both Republican 
candidates have strong support- 
ers, my prediction is that Whit- 
man will ultimately win in the 
primaries, and it will be down to 
Democrat Brown and Republi- 
can Whitman in the gubernato- 
rial election in November of this 

Brown has my vote for the pri- 

mary election, even though I 
doubt he will need it. 

As far as the general election, 
we will see how things play out. 
I think Whitman is running a 
strong campaign and will prove 
to be a tough opponent for 

Overall, it is my opinion Brown 
is the better choice for Califor- 
nia. He has many years of expe- 
rience in serving California and 
knows what it will take to get us 
out of our current issues. 

People need to vote for the 
right candidate for them, the 
candidate who most closely 
identifies with their needs and 
wants as California citizens. 

Don't vote for someone simply 
because your friends are. Know 
the issues and where each candi- 
date stands before you vote. 

If you don't take the time to 
research each candidate or even 
watch a debate, then please stay 
out of the voting booth. 

'Pretty Wild' rewards losers 

"Pretty Wild" or pretty pathetic? 

E! Television definitely hit rock 
bottom when they came up with 
their new reality show, "Pretty 

Based on three girls from 
Westlake Village who are aspiring 
actresses and models, the show 
is based around the lives of Tess 
Taylor, 19, Alexis Neiers, 18 and 
Gabby Neiers, 15. 

As we all know, life in Westlake 
can be super exciting — not. So 
these girls make their own fun 
and trouble to spice up their dull 

These aspiring Hollywood 
socialites attempt to follow in 
the footsteps of Andrea Neiers, 
mother and manager. Neiers was 
a Playboy Playmate in the 1980s, 
and encourages her daughters to 
take part in the entertainment 

She, of course, encourages her 
daughters to imitate the lifestyle 
of the rich and famous, though it 
is obvious they are still aspiring 

"Momager" Neiers is setting a 
poor example for her daughters. 
She should be taking this time in 
the girls' lives and teaching them 
values such as budgeting, respect 
and upstanding citizenship. 

The Neiers' mother has gotten 
her daughters a reality show 
instead— the perfect tool for 
growing up in the 21st century. 

What makes them entertaining 
enough to have their own E! 

reality show when everyone in 
L.A. seems to be an aspiring 
model or actress? 

Well, the felony charges help a 

In the summer of 2009, a pilot 
for the show was filmed and soon 
after the family signed on to star 
in a season with E! 

That same summer, Alexis was 
arrested under suspicion and 
linked to a number of celebrity 
robberies. These celebrities 
included Lindsay Lohan and 
Orlando Bloom. 

It's pretty pathetic that these 
girls would get any attention 
for their careers or even their 
criminal activities. 

The show is a wannabe "Keeping 
up with the Kardashians." 

However, I must note the 
big difference between the 
Kardashians and the Neiers 

The Kardashian family all 
have jobs and only one has been 
linked to any kind of criminal 
activity. Khloe Kardashian has 
been arrested for a DUI, but it 
happened after several seasons 
on the show. It didn't make her 

Additionally, it seems silly to 
compare these girls to infamous 
celebrity criminals. Michael Vick 
had a career in football. Lindsay 
Lohan acted before she received 
a DUI. 

These young girls are trying to 
create their career through their 
reality show. 

Tess, Alexis and Gabby are 
hungry for fame. It has been 
speculated that the robberies 
were really just a PR stunt for the 
"Pretty Wild" show. 

If it was just a stunt— it actually 

Being linked to a celebrity 
robbery shouldn't be reason for 

It's sad to think that this is how 
to get a TV show and achieve 
decent ratings. The worst part is 
that it worked. 

According to an article in the 
LA Times, one sister complained 
that if the show had fallen 
through with E! after the alleged 
robberies that their family would 
be in large financial problems. 

Why do they have a show based 
on their "fabulous" lifestyle if it's 
all fake? 

They really are just broke and 
aspiring actress and model 

E! sets a poor standard for 
television networks and is not 
providing quality entertainment 
for the nation's youth. 

Their newest show is essentially 
encouraging young girls to aspire 
to be like the girls on Pretty Wild. 

With the youngest Neiers sister 
just 15, it is shocking to see that 
the parents would be okay with 
televising their daughters' antics 
on national programming. 

The girls are shown club- 
hopping and partying in 
Hollywood. One sister is under 
charges for allegedly stealing 
from countless celebrities in the 
area. Their mother brags about 
giving them their daily dose of 

This "Pretty Wild" show 
rewards criminal behavior. 

Where are the shows that 
encourage actual careers for 
women rather than being a 

E! needs to reevaluate its game 
plan for this TV show. 

They need to rethink this Pretty 
Pathetic show. 

Safe ride service needed 

Call 1-800-NeedaRide! 

CLU desperately needs a 
safe ride program. We should 
have some sort of program for 
students who have been drinking 
and need a safe ride back to 

We want students to be smart 
and make the right decision of 
not drinking and driving. This 
service would be the perfect 

Not only will a safe ride service 
promote safe driving, but it 
should also lower the amount 
of drinking that is consumed on 
our dry campus. 

Let's face it— college students 
will experiment with drinking 
even if they go to a school 
that bans alcohol on campus. 
Providing a designated driver 
service would allow students to 
go off campus and drink. 

CLU wouldn't have to worry 
about the potential legal 
liabilities of underage drinking 
on campus and students would 
not have to worry about finding 
a ride home. 

Also, many students are 
documented for having alcohol 
in the dorm rooms. A designated 
driver service could potentially 
reduce that number. 

Other colleges and universities 
nearby offer these services. For 
example, USC has a van called the 
"Campus Cruiser" that students 
can call to be transported to safe 
locations after drinking. 

Though some may argue that a 
program like this may promote 
the idea of drinking, those 
people are in denial. 

CLU students already drink. 
It's necessary to be realistic when 
it comes to a subject like this. 

This program would just ensure 
the safety of students and those 
driving in Thousand Oaks late at 

The benefits of a program like 
this outway the cons. 

Ensuring the safety of CLU 
students is much more important 
than worrying about promoting 

It is just a fact that college is a 
time when many choose to drink 
as a way to socialize. Though 
university administrators 

pretend they can, we can't stop 
students from drinking. 

In all practicality, we might as 
well make sure they are being 
smart and keeping the roads 

Additionally, a safe ride service 
would benefit students who go 
out late at night and have no 
other means of transportation at 
that hour. 

Thousand Oaks does not 
offer the extensive public 
transportation system that L.A. 
does. The city's buses run from 
6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, 
and not at all during weekends. 

I propose this idea to the staff 
here at CLU. 

It is important to consider the 
safety of the university's students 
a priority. 

I believe it is definitely 
something to consider starting 
up and giving at least a trial 

Let's bring our students back 
home safe and sound. 

March 17, 2010 

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OPINION - Page 9 

Racism plagues UC campuses 

Racism has been plaguing 
California public school 

universities, especially this past 

Several white students at UC 
San Diego hosted a "Compton 
cookout" party mocking Black 
History Month. 

The students were supposed to 
dress up like and act according 
to offensive African -American 

Shortly after, a noose was found 
hanging at the UCSD library. 

These may sound like racist acts 
that would have occurred prior 
to the civil rights movement. 
However, all of these incidents 
occurred within the past month. 

It is shocking that the same 
generation that elected the first 
black president is at the center of so 
much racist controversy. 

Many argue that the white 

students who hosted the racially 
insulting "Compton cookout" party 
should not be punished because 
there was no violence at this party. 
In a recent L.A. Times blog, readers 
argued over whether it should be 
considered an incidence of racism 
or simply students exercising their 
right of freedom of speech. 

However, this type of party 
perpetuates stereotypes. 

I agree people have the right 
to say what they want when it 
doesn't cause defamation or incite 
violence. However, they also 
have the responsibility to act in a 
humane manner. 

Although the consequences for 
these students are still unclear, 
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger 
recognized the incidents and 
released a comment saying, "I am 
deeply troubled by the horrific 
incidents that recendy took 
place on various campuses of the 
University of California system. 
The acts of racism and intolerance 
that we have witnessed are 
completely unacceptable and I [... 
condemn) these terrible incidents." 

These students should be 
punished in some form to set 

precedence for future students. 
That kind of racist and insulting 
behavior is not acceptable at a high 
level institution — or anywhere. 

These students should not be 
able to get away with this offensive 
behavior with only a slap on the 
wrist by the governor and school 

Universities should be places 
where students of all colors, beliefs 
and orientations should be able 
to learn in an environment where 
they feel safe and accepted. 

To set an example and make 
a statement, these universities 
should be consistent with their 
ideals and principles, and the 
students at fault should be expelled. 

Editor's Note: 

Just prior to die Echo's printing 
deadline, it was reported there was 
an issue of vandalism that has been 
classified as a hate crime on the CLU 

A swastika was placed on a 
location where someone of the 
Jewish faith resides with a presumed 
intent to intimidate. Please see 
the March 24 issue of the Echo for 
further coverage. 

Protecting yourself from harm 

A photograph of 17-year-old 
Chelsea King reveals a young girl 
with big, unsuspecting eyes, and a 
small, quiet smile. 

On March 2, 2010, her body was 
found in a shallow grave on the 
south shore of Lake Hodges near 
Rancho Bernardo Community 
Park in San Diego, where she had 
gone jogging in broad daylight 
just five days earlier. She was also 
sexually assaulted. 

Amber Dubois, 14, suffered a 
similar fate. Her skeletal remains 
were found last weekend near Pala 
in northern San Diego County. She 
was last seen Feb. 13, 2009, while 
walking to school at 7:10 a.m. 

John Albert Gardener III, 30, is 
the accused killer of both young 
girls. He has a previous record of 
sexual crimes and has been out of 
prison on parole. 

The deaths of King and Dubois 
have aspects in common. 

Both King and Dubois were 
abducted in broad daylight. They 
were also both out alone. 

While I am not saying if you're a 
woman, you should lock yourself 
indoors and never go anywhere 
without a chaperone, the fact 
remains that when you are alone, 
you are more vulnerable. 

Even a woman who had the 
physical strength to fight off an 
attacker would be susceptible to 
abduction by someone who had 
the foresight to bring a weapon, a 
chemical to knock you out or an 

If you're with a friend, there is a 
chance you or your friend might 
be able to get away and get help. 
Also, an aggressor might be less 
likely to try to mess with someone 
as part of a pair or a group. 

Remember you are always safer 
in numbers, but if you have to go 
somewhere alone make sure you 
tell someone where you are going. 

Try to give as many details as 
possible including the location and 
a telephone number if applicable. 

If you are leaving some place late 
at night, do not be afraid to ask for 
an escort to your car. If you have to 
walk alone at night have your car 

key ready, watch your back and try 
to carry mace. 

If at all possible, stay in public 
places. Never be isolated and 
remain aware of your surroundings 
at all times by looking over your 
shoulder and keeping aware of 
who is in your company. 

It is a wise idea to refrain from 
jogging in parks with wooded 
areas where you might be attacked 
and nobody would be able to hear 
your scream for help. 

Even walking on campus it is a 
good idea to stay on well-lit paths 
and try to walk with a friend. 

Most importantly, remember 
that even if you think you are not 
capable of being a victim, you still 
can be. 

People of both genders, all ages, 
and all physical appearances 
can be subject to an attack by an 

The grief experienced by those 
who knew King and Dubois must 
surely be great 

Not only have they lost loved 
ones, but they have lost loved ones 
to horrific evil and malevolence. 
Though rape and murder are not 
new concepts, it is too frequently 
occurring to simply ignore. 

Tipping point pondered 

To tip or not to tip, that is the real 

Its amazing how many times we 
ask ourselves this exact question 
when we're out 

Although that extra 15 or 20 per- 
cent in addition to the bill may not 
blow our budgets, there are a lot 
more people expecting tips these 

We all think we understand the 
practice of tipping, but in these 
rough economic times— with tip 
jars popping up in some of the odd- 
est places — it's about time we re- 

Typically, tipping is associated 
with the service industry. Whether 
it's done to show appreciation for 
a witty and equally knowledgeable 
waiter in a restaurant or a skilled 
hairstylist in a salon, we are expect- 
ed to tip individuals who provide us 
with vital services. 

Tip jars are becoming more com- 
mon in self-serving businesses like 
frozen yogurt shops and buffets — 
and throwing us all off. 

These employees aren't depend- 
ing on tips to make money; they are 
paid non-tipped hourly wages like 
the rest of us. 

Unlike traditional servers, tips 
collected at the end of the night 
won't drastically affect the pay of 
high school kids working at Lotus 
yogurt Add in the "quality-of-ser- 
vice" factor we use to justify wheth- 
er or not to tip and things get really 

Perhaps the most confusing tip- 
ping situation occurs at the infa- 
mous pick-up window at restau- 
rants that also offer table service. 

Essentially, just a glorified drive- 
through window no different than 
that at McDonald's, tipping is not 
necessary. Yet, if you ask any server 
working the restaurant to-go order 
station at places like Wood Ranch 
BBQ or Chili's, the expectation for 
a tip is still there. 

The restaurant workers at to-go 
windows essentially package your 
food in Styrofoam and hand it to 
you in a plastic bag. Does that sort 
of service deserve a tip? Not in my 

Situations like these are awkward 
and frustrating to say the least 
However, the philosophy behind 
tipping doesn't have to be. 

For instance, if you find yourself 
feeling a little put off by a tip jar 
at the check-out counter in Vons, 
it's OK. The hesitation you feel is 
enough to give yourself a pass and 
not offer a tip. That tactic should 
only be applied to tips solicited 
in these types of unconventional 

Being selectively frugal and stiff- 
ing a waiter at dinner is not accept- 
able. As for other, not as common 
or less frequent situations that may 
involve you tipping, use discretion. 

Whether its the skycap, hotel bell- 
hop or gas attendant, consider your 
intention behind giving a tip. 

Besides addressing the social de- 
sirability factor and avoiding look- 
ing cheap, tips are a way to show 
your gratitude. Consider the ser- 
vice you've been provided and tip 

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March 17, 2010 


Regals pour it on in game one, fall short in game two 

Eight-run first 
inning quiets the 
A n 

manda Lovett 
^ Staff Writer 

The Regals softball team clinched 
their first conference win this 
weekend in a hard-fought double 
header against Whittier in a 10-0, 
5-4 split, with both games pulling 
intense opening innings. 

Game one started out with the 
Regals pulling an eight-run first 
inning, putting them ahead and 
creating a deficit Whittier could 
not overcome. 

Back-to-back RBI doubles from 
senior Emily Robertson and 
sophomore Talia Ferrari began the 
game with a head start for sopho- 
more Sara Lichtsinn to continue in 
the first inning with a pair of runs 
that put CLU up 4-0 in the top of 
the first 

Junior Katy Bateman then took 
a single straight up the middle to 
score three runs, thanks to three 
Whittier errors, putting the score 
at 7-0. Junior Lizzie Novak then 
sent Senior Nikki Campbell from 
third into home with a ground 
ball, which kept the score 8-0 to 
conclude the first. 

The Regals then scored two runs 
in the third inning when Rob- 
ertson hit a triple into right field; 
Bateman hit 2-2 with an RBI, 
which placed the score at 10-0 the 
rest of the game. 

Ferrari pitched the entire game, 
with five innings and only five hits, 
while striking out three of Whit- 
tiers best. 

However, while the Regals up- 
held their win in the first of the 
double-header with great defense, 
this was not the case in the second. 

"During the first game, we came 
together, got a lot of hits and scored 
a lot of runs. It's what we should 
have done early in the second 
game," senior Brittany Ordos said. 

Whittier opened up the first in- 
ning of the second game with a 
three-run streak. Mary Pacheco 
got a first plate run, which was fol- 
lowed by Molly Yriarte's left-side 
single, which brought them both 

Jennifer Luders brought Amanda 
Carrasco home with a right-field 
single to end the top of the first 
with a score of 3-0, Whittier. Whit- 

Catching Fire: Senior Emily Robertson helped spark an eight-run first inning against Whittier with an RBI double. 

Photo by Kevin Baxter - Sports Information 

tier scored two runs in the second, 
and Cal Lutheran was never able 
to catch up, though they made it 

The second inning was the be- 
ginning of the Cal Lutheran 
comeback, set into motion by Fer- 
rari's right-field triple in which she 
reached home due to a throwing 
error in Whittier's outfield, which 
cut the deficit to 5-1 at the bottom 
of the second. 

Junior Allyson Salas scored her 
first hit of the season with a single 
to right field during the fifth inning 
and her second bat of the year. She 
then relieved senior Lizzy Chacon 
and pitched three innings with 
only one hit and no runs. 

Lichtsinn then brought junior 
Breanna Johnson home (who had 
come on the field to run for Salas), 
with her RBI single to left field. 
Bateman then hit a single, which 
left the bases loaded with two outs 
in the fifth, but were unable to get 
another run home. 

With a 5-2 deficit in the sixth, the 
Regals were determined to try as 

hard as possible to come back from 
the early slash they received from 
the team they had conquered ear- 
lier in the day. 

"I felt like the team really sup- 
ports each other with positive at- 
titudes, backing each other up," 
Robertson said. "We missed an op- 
portunity and came out a little slow 
in the second game, but we found 
the energy and positivityT 

Robertson doubled, putting her 
on base as Ferrari singled to the 
left, allowing Robertson to run 

home. Ferrari moved to third on 
Johnson's bunt and ran home on 
junior Katie Strang's left fly. 

Regals trailed 5-4 in the bottom of 
the sixth with three outs left in the 
inning, when Whittier brought in 
Heather Dady to pitch and closed 
out the sixth inning that ended the 
game with a close win for Whittier. 

Ferrari pitched the final two in- 
nings, relieving Salas, without 
allowing a single run, two strike- 
outs and only two hits. Even Geri 
Jensen contributed to the games, 

despite her recent injury. "Geri has 
been injured, but she came back 
and made a lot of plays for us to- 
day," junior Megan Clow said 

The Regals agree that the down- 
fall in the second game was due to 
over- confidence, but it is definitely 
a lesson to learn from for the rest of 
the conference. 

"[In the first game] we came out 
ready to go, pumped up, and it was 
contagious," Clow said. "We were 
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SPORTS - Page 1 1 

Regals drop matches to nationally ranked teams 

CLU moves to 
6-3 overall, 3-1 
in SCIAC play 

Josh Larson 
Staff Writer 

The Regals tennis team opened 
up the week on Tuesday by playing 
against Vassar (NY) College. 

No. 21 Vassar proved to be too 
strong an opponent for CLU and 
handed the Regals their first home 
loss of the season with a final score 
of 9-0. 

Sophomore Holly Beaman was 
closest to winning a set with a first- 
set tiebreak, but ended up falling 
7-6, 6-2 to Vassar. 

In the end, the Regals could not 
get anything going against Vassar, 
which resulted in their first home 

"Even though we lost we had 
some great points and it prepared 
us for our next opponents," Bea- 
man said. 

The Regals got a chance to re- 
bound on Wednesday against 
Notre Dame De Namur and they 
did exactly that with a sweep of 
their own. 

The Regals dominated and took 
a 9-0 win with a sweep in doubles 
and six straight singles wins. 

"We went into the matches with 
positive attitudes and that really 
helped out our team," Beaman said. 
"I think our team is doing amazing 
this year. Everyone is stepping up 
and playing the best they can, and 
I definitely think our team is mov- 
ing in a great direction." 

Sophomores Jordan Leckness 
and Beaman took a convincing 8-2 
victory at No. 1 doubles. 

Sophomore Kim Kolibas and 
freshman Lauren Toohey won the 
second doubles match 8-6. 

Alongside those performances 
was the third doubles match, 
which resulted in an impressive 
8-1 win by freshman Melissa Dahl 
and junior Lacey Gormley. 

In singles play, Beaman finished 
her match first against Kaylee 
Nichols of Notre Dame De Namur 
6-0, 6-0 in the No. 3 match. 

Kolibas won by the same score 
as Beaman and Gormley won 6-0, 
6-1 in her singles match. Leckness 
won for the third time this season 
in No. 1 singles play against Rebec- 
ca Corteza with a 6-3, 6-1 finish. 

Freshman Carly Mouzes and 
Toohey played in the fourth and 
fifth singles spots, and both won 
their matches by the score of 6-0, 

Leckness, the No. 22 West Re- 
gion Ranked singles player, com- 
mented on how she thinks the sea- 

Photo by Kevin Baxter - Sports Information 

Bring Out The Broom: Sophomore Holly Beaman won her No. i singles match 6-0, 6-0 last Wednesday. 

son is going so far after the game 

"So far the team has started off 
pretty solid; we have a few new 
freshmen that are really starting to 
step it up. I feel that by the end of 
this season we will have improved 
a lot in doubles and I can see us 
even exceeding last year's league 
ranking," Leckness said. 

Cal Lutherans record stands 
at 6-3 on the season after its win 
against Notre Dame de Namur 
and loss to SCIAC rival No. 10 

The Regals are in the midst of 
a six-match home stand ending 
with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on 
April 10 to finish the regular sea- 

On deck 


Cal Lutheran 
vs. Salisbury (MD) 
Poulson Tennis Center 
Thurs. 1 pm 

March Madness: an excuse to slack 

Andrew Parrone 

Fill out your brackets and 
watch out for those upsets. It's 
time for March Madness! 

Fans across the country are 
prepared for the start of the 
NCAA men's basketball tourna- 
ment, probably the most excit- 
ing three weeks in all of sports. 
The field of 64 (the play-in game 
was Tuesday) is set and ready to 
play, with the first round start- 
ing tomorrow and concluding 
with the championship game, 
April 5, in Indianapolis. 

The popularity of March Mad- 
ness has taken off in recent years 
because of the growth of the In- 
ternet. It is now easier than ever 
to follow games live with stream- 
ing video, and online brackets 
are fun and easy to fill out. 

This has caused problems as 
well. People at work have easy 
access to games and box scores 
on their computers or phones, 
leading to countless hours of 
lost work and production. It is 
estimated that company losses 
as a result of March Madness 
run in excess of $1 billion an- 
nually. And there will be more 
than a few students here watch- 
ing games during class on their 

Filling out brackets might be 
the best part about the tourna- 

ment. There is nothing better 
than picking the correct upsets 
and seeing your top teams move 
on to the next round. 

On the flip side, you can al- 
ways count on at least one of 
your teams to get bounced sev- 
eral rounds too early. Some are 
better than others with their 
picks, but it is definitely not an 
exact science. 

As recent history tells us, No. 
1 seeds earn their distinction for 
a reason. The last time a No. 1 
did not win it all was Florida in 
2006, and even they were a No. 
3 seed. And No. 1 teams always 
beat No. 16 teams. Always. It is 
becoming increasingly rare to 
find any true Cinderellas any- 

So who is going to win it all 
this year? The best place to start 
is the No. 1 seeds. Kansas is the 
top overall seed of the tourna- 
ment and the Big XII champion. 

Two years ago, the Jayhawks 
won the National Champion- 
ship in thrilling fashion, beating 
Derrick Rose and the Memphis 
Tigers in overtime. They are led 
by the duo of Sherron Collins 
and Cole Aldrich, key contribu- 
tors from the last championship. 

Duke earned the No. 1 seed in 
the South regional by winning 
the ACC. Coach Mike Krzyze- 
wski seemingly always has a 
contending team, but the Blue 
Devils have failed to come up 
big in the tournament in recent 
years. This year, the trio of Ion 
Scheyer, Nolan Smith and Kyle 
Singler hope to reverse that 
trend and add to Coach K's three 


Syracuse, the Big East Cham- 
pion, is the No. 1 in the West. 
Coach Jim Boeheim is one of the 
best in the business, having won 
the title already in 2003. The Or- 
ange have been a very balanced 
scoring team this year, with 
transfer Wesley Johnson shoul- 
dering the most responsibility. 
They have also relied heavily on 
the leadership of senior Andy 

And of course there is Ken- 
tucky, the top seed in the East. 
The Wildcats have one of the 
richest basketball traditions in 
the country, and hope to add to 
their legacy this year after sev- 
eral seasons of mediocrity. 

John Calipari assembled a 
loaded freshmen class this past 
year, led by star point guard 
John Wall. The young Wildcats 
are probably the most athletical- 
ly gifted team in the tourney, but 
their inexperience and youth 
could come back to bite them. 

Of course, there are other 
teams that stand a fighting 
chance, and every team in the 
tourney has the same opportu- 
nity to cut the nets down in the 
end. But for brevity's sake, I'll 
leave it at those four. 

People love March Madness 
because you have to expect the 

The only thing I know for cer- 
tain is that I'm picking Kansas 
to win it all. Whether or not 
they prove me right remains to 
be seen. But for the next three 
weeks college basketball defi- 
nitely has my attention. 

Polo star takes 
team-first attitude 


ndrew Adams 
Staff Writer 

From the first time Meredith 
Butte arrived on campus, she has 
been an integral part of the water 
polo team. 

During her career, she has expe- 
rienced personal and team success, 
culminating in the Regals appear- 
ance in the NCAA Championships 
this past season. 

Butte arrived at California Lu- 
theran University in 2008 after 
transferring from the University 
of California, Berkley. In her first 
year as a member of the Regals, 
Butte earned a place in the Col- 
legiate Water Polo First Team All- 
American list as well as a place on 
the all-SCIAC first team. 

"Meredith Butte is the epitome 
of a team player in that she cares 
more about the team's success than 
her own individual success," coach 
Craig Rond said. "She is the type of 
athlete that comes along once in a 
coach's career." 

The 2009 season was a banner 
year for both Butte and the Regals. 
The Regals were able to capture 
their first SCIAC championship 
by defeating Pomona-Pitzer. This 
great team accomplishment is 
something that will always remain 
in Butte's memory. 

"The highlight of my California 
Lutheran career is winning the 
SCIAC championship at Pomona," 
Butte said. "It was a great feeling 
and it was truly a team effort." 

Not only did the Regals win the 

SCIAC championship that year, 
but Butte became the first CLU 
player to be named the NCAA 
Division III Player of the Year and 
also became the first CLU player to 
be named to the Collegiate water 
Polo All-America First Team mul- 
tiple times. Coming offsuch an im- 
pressive season, Butte and the Re- 
gals will face pressure to continue 
their success. 

"This year really rides on the way 
we can adapt to change. Now that 
we have won the title everyone is 
going to bring their A' game and 
we need to be sure we can adapt to 
everything they throw at us," Butte 

The Regals will certainly have a 
bulls-eye on their back this season 
as the defending SCIAC champi- 
ons. However, Butte feels that this 
team is especially well equipped to 
deal with that challenge. 

"I think that this team in particu- 
lar is especially hungry for another 
championship. We are focused and 
take everyday seriously," Butte said. 

With six freshman on the team 
this year, upperclass leadership will 
be extremely critical to the Regals' 
success in navigating their SCIAC 
schedule. With seniors such as 
Butte and Joy Cyprian, the Regals 
should be in good hands. 

Over the past two seasons, Butte 
has reached heights never before 
seen in the Regals program. If her 
career to this point is any indica- 
tion of how she will perform this 
season then there still might be 
more records left to be broken. 

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the Echo 

March 17, 2010 

Cal Lutheran rolls over nationally ranked opponents 

Kingsmen take 
down a pair of 
Texas teams 


hristine Nguyen 


CLU men's tennis served up 
their fourth sweep of the season 
against the University of Texas, 
Tyler, with 9-0 last Wednesday. 

Having to face Redlands and 
Mary Washington, the University 
of Texas, Tyler, (UT- Tyler) was 
the first nationally ranked oppo- 
nent the Kingsmen played with a 
strong end. 

Seniors Ryan Lassila and John 
Karsant, at No. 2 doubles, were 
victorious in defeating the na- 
tions No. 9 team of Brad Fenter 
and Nick Kreines of UT- Tyler, 
8-3. The Kingsmen also defeated 
the other doubles matches finish- 
ing 8-4. 

The windy weather played to the 
Kingsmen's advantage, helping 
the underdogs. 

"We like the wind because we 
play yearlong with the wind," ju- 
nior Andrew GiufFrida said. "For 
the other teams, it's tough for 
them to play since it's windy, but 
its easy for us." 

Placing the Kingsmen only one 
point away from holding the vic- 
tory, Giuffrida won the No. 1 sin- 
gles match 6-1,6-1. 

Freshman Ray Worley also ben- 
efited the team with a 6- 1 , 6-2 win 
at No. 4 singles. 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photographer 

Ace: Senior Ryan Lasilla picked up a victory over No. 1 5 Erick DelaFuente. 

The Kingsmen defeat over UT- 
Tyler helped improve their stand- 
ing because it was a boost to their 
regional ranking since they're 
both in the western region. 

"It was important to beat them 
as much as possible since [UT- 

Tyler] lost to our conference rival 
Pomona-Pitzer 5-4," coach Mike 
Gennette said. 

Gennette mentioned that the 
team beating UT- Tyler, 9-0, only 
improves Cal Lutheran's image 
compared to Pomona's. 

CLU is currently ranked No. 15 
in the nation in the NCAA Divi- 
sion III and is continuing to move 
up the ranks as it defeats these top 

The Kingsmen have an 8-0 re- 
cord and beat four nationally 
ranked teams thus far and are tied 
for first in conference with Clare- 

The CLU men's tennis team 
anticipate playing C-M-S at the 
very end of the season, and they 
believe they have a good shot at 

This year the team has three se- 
niors, and Gennette believes this 
year will shape to be the best of 
their four years. 

"We have great senior leader- 
ship this year," senior Jordan Cul- 
pepper said. "We have one of the 
toughest schedules in the nation, 
but with the tight bond with ev- 
eryone on the team, we can pull 

For the next few games, CLU 
will face eight consecutive teams 
who are nationally ranked in Di- 
vision III. Their top competitor 
will be University of California, 
Santa Cruz, who is ranked No. 1 
in the nation. 

With this tough schedule, as 
Culpepper mentioned, these will 
be the most competitive matches 
in their season. 

"The attitude of [the team] I 
would say, these guys are coming 
together for a common cause," 
Genette said. "Everyone on the 
team is on the same page and 
are working very hard, but at the 

same time they are having a lot of 

On Sunday afternoon, the 
Kingsmen went on to beat No. 13 
Trinity University of Texas 7-2 
at the Poulson Tennis Center for 
their eighth win in a row. 

After dropping two of the 
three doubles matches, the men 
emerged victorious in each sin- 
gles match to turn the contest 
around and send Trinity packing. 

SCIAC Standings 

1. Cal Lutheran (8-0, 3-0) 

2. Clnremont-Mudd-Scripps (7-2, 3-0) 

3. Pomono-Pitzer (5-1,2-1) 

4. Redlands (84, 2-1) 

5. Occidental (5-3, 1-3) 

6. Whittier (5-6, 1-3) 

7. Coltech (3-5, (M) 

On deck 


Cal Lutheran 
vs. Salisbury (MD) 
Poulson Tennis Center 
Thurs. 1 pm 

Knights volleyball take CSUCI to five sets in loss 

Photo by Robyn Poynter - Staff Photographet 

Big Swing: Junior Mike Cleveland hits the ball off of a CSUCI block in 
game four of their match last Tuesday in the Gilbert Arena. 

Young team 
hangs in until 
the very end 

Sasha Voinovich 
Staff Writer 

The Knights club volleyball 
team of California Lutheran Uni- 
versity took their opponent to 
five games last Tuesday, March 9, 
but were not able to come away 
with a win. 

The Knights suffered a loss 
against California State Universi- 
ty, Channel Islands, ending their 

CSUCI had a lot of deep spikes 
with nice placement, putting 
them ahead of CLU, 24-18, in 
the first game, which ended with 
CSUCI serving an ace to finish 
the game. 

The Knights were able to come 
a little closer in the second game, 
but miscommunication erros 
enabled CSUCI to come away 
with another 25-21 win over the 

CLU turned their game around 
in the third, Freshman Hunter 
Horn and senior Matt Lee sent 
a handful of spikes that CSUCI 
could not return. The Knights 
grabbed their first victory over 
CSUCI in the third game. 

"It was great having Kellee Ro- 

esel [the CLU women's volleyball 
coach] there for support and ad- 
vice," Lee said. 

CLU kept their momentum 
through the fourth game, and 
were again able to earn another 
25-21 victory over CSUCI, which 
put both teams even with two 
wins going into the fifth and final 

CLU senior Graeme Bill's de- 
fensive effort helped the Knights 
stay within reach, but CSUCI was 
able to hold onto the lead, beat- 
ing the Knights 16-14 in the fifth 

"We really wanted to win. Un- 
fortunately, there were a few mis- 
takes we made at crucial times. It 
was great to go five games with 
them. We proved that although 
we are a brand new team, we can 
still hang," Lee said. 

Other players believe if the 
team would have managed a bet- 
ter start, they could have walked 
away with a win. 

"I feel like the game went bet- 
ter than the past times we have 
played them. If we had started 
playing at the beginning of the 
game instead of turning it on at 
the start of the third game, we 
could have pulled off a win," ju- 
nior Sam Lovetro said." 

Members of the Regals volley- 
ball team have come out to sup- 
port their male counterparts just 
as the men cheer on the women 

in the fall. 

"It is nice having some of the 
guys at CLU be able to participate 
in the sport. They are some of our 
biggest fans at Cal Lu, and their 
games have been fun to watch," 
sophomore Jacki Richards said. 

This season the Knights have 
met up with Cal Tech, Azusa 
Pacific University, Biola, Claire- 
mont and CSUCI. 

Lovetro said they have come a 
long way since the beginning of 
the season. The Knights practice 
once or twice a week to stay con- 
ditioned. The two-hour practices 
are "pretty flexible," allowing 
the guys to participate in other 
school activities on campus. 

"The team was mainly brought 
together by Graeme Bill. He is the 
captain and as much of a coach as 
we have, but there was obviously 
a lot of student interest to form a 
team," Lovetro said. 

Lee said that the Knights club 
team is looking to replace the 
seniors on the team for next sea- 
son. "We would love for them to 
come out to a practice and show 
us their stuff. We are looking for 
guys who want to play volleyball 
at a more competitive level," Lee 

Lee encourages those inter- 
ested in joining the club to check 
out the Knights volleyball page 
on Facebook, or contact Lee at 

rally held in 
response to 
recent events 

Baseball 7-3 
in last 10 

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March 24, 2010 Vol. 55 Number 


Tennis knocks off 
defending national 
champions UCSC 

Josh Larson 
Staff Writer 

Trace Ronning 
Sports Editor 

Two top 10 teams collided in 
Santa Cruz on Saturday. One, the 
top-ranked, defending national 
champions. The other, an upstart 
group with a 10-0 record with 
much to prove. 

The No. 10 Kingsmen took their 
undefeated record to the Univer- 
sity of California, Santa Cruz, and 
emerged victorious after numer- 
ous failures against the Banana 
Slugs dating back to 1998. 

"Going in, I thought we had a 
good chance, comparing their 
players to our players I thought 
we had a 50-50 chance to win it," 
head coach Mike Gennette said. 

The match pitted a slew of 
ranked singles players and dou- 
bles teams against one another. 
The Kingsmen's No. 1 team of 
Andrew Giuffrida and Nick Bal- 
lou - ranked third in Division III 
- took down the No. 1 team in the 
nation in Santa Cruz's Marc Var- 
tabedian and Brian Pybas 8-5. In 
No. 2 doubles, the No. 15 team in 
the nation, Ian Stanley and Erich 
Koeing, were topped by CLU's 
Ryan Lassila and John Karsant by 
a score of 8-5. 

[See TENNIS, Page 12] 

Photo by Doug Barnett - Photo Editor 
Red in Unity: CLU students, staff and faculty were invited to sign an anti-hate pledge following the rally held 
Monday morning. The pledge will be displayed in the Student Union Building. 

Vandalism classified as hate crime 

Jakie Rodriguez 
Staff Writer 

A popular Black Eyed Peas song 
entitled "Where is the Love?" is 
exactly what some CLU students 
are wondering. 

Sometime between 11 p.m. last 
Saturday and early Sunday, an in- 
dividual vandalized 20 cars and 
the outside of one dorm room in 
Pederson Hall on California Lu- 
theran University's campus. 

"It looks like [the suspect] 
started at Mt. Clef and finished 
at Pederson," said Fred Miller, 
director of Campus Public Safe- 

The vandalism on the vehicles 
were all in the vicinity of Mt. 
Clef Hall and included two swas- 

tika symbols and sayings like 
"LA," "Sick Car" and "Go Blue." 

The writing on the cars and the 
dorm room "appears that it was 
all done by the same individual 
using the same grease marker," 
said William Rosser, vice presi- 
dent of student affairs and dean 
of students. 

Junior Yeraldy Torres was one 
of the owners of a vehicle that 
had a "LA" sign on the back of 
her car and was grateful that the 
writing was done with a grease 

"I was glad it was only a remov- 
able marker, so it seems that the 
perpetrators were only looking 
for something silly to do," Torres 

While two vehicles parked near 

Mt. Clef had swastikas drawn on 
them, the police only classified 
the swastika drawn on the dorm 
room window as being a hate 

The police classified the graf- 
fiti on the dorm room window 
as being a hate crime because it 
fits the definition in the Califor- 
nia Penal Code since a person of 
Jewish faith resides there. 

According to the California Pe- 
nal Code, an act is classified as a 
hate crime if there is "injury or 
threat to [a] person or damage to 
property based on perception of 
person's race, color, religion, an- 
cestry, national origin, disability, 
gender or sexual orientation." 

While the vandalism/graffiti 
[See HATE CRIME, Page 2] 

problem in 
N. Korea 


reanna Woodhouse 
Staff Writer 

The North Korean government 
prohibits freedom of speech, 
press, assembly and associa- 
tion. Not only wrong-doers, but 
"wrong-thinkers" are punished. 
Almost everything is controlled, 
and there is virtually no access to 
outside information. 

On March 18, a National Geo- 
graphic documentary was shown 
in the Samuelson Chapel titled, 
"Inside North Korea." 

The event was hosted by seniors 
Megan Springer and KcHcy Fry 
in conjunction with Liberty in 
North Korea (LiNK). 

LiNK is the only nonprofit and 
non-partisan organization that 
provides aid and protection for 
North Korean refugees. 

The event was designed to bring 
awareness of the oppression in 
North Korea and to provide a 
glimpse of what life is like for 
people living in there. 

"What's unique about this situ- 
ation in North Korea is that it is 
so unknown, which is mainly by 
the nature of the country," LiNK 
West nomad Mel Batie said. 

LiNK consists of four nomad 
teams based on location includ- 
ing the West team. Heartland 
team, Southeast team and North- 
east team. 

Each team tours different 
universities, colleges and high 
schools in their region and pro- 
mote awareness of their efforts 

[See LINK, Page 3[ 

College Democrats take part in nationwide day of protest 

Jenny Guy 
Staff Writer 

Approximately 6,000 peace sup- 
porters, including students from 
CLU's College Democrats Club, 
flocked to downtown Los Ange- 
les on March 20 for protest aimed 
at getting U.S. troops out of Af- 
ghanistan and Iraq. 

"This protest mobilized the pro- 
gressive community of Los An- 
geles and was also a great way for 
our group to come together and 

support the values of internation- 
al peace and justice," said Grant 
Berg, president of the College 
Democrats Club. 

According to its Web site, An-, this massive anti- 
war effort was organized by the 
Los Angeles chapter of the AN- 
SWER Coalition (Act Now to 
Stop War and End Racism) and 
was part of a nationwide recogni- 
tion of the seventh anniversary of 
the U.S. deployment of troops to 

The protest in Los Angeles hap- 
pened in conjunction with other 
protests in San Francisco and 
Washington, D.C. 

The demonstration began with a 
gathering on the corner of Holly- 
wood Boulevard and Vine Street. 

Music played over audio speak- 
ers as colorful signs with slogans 
like, "U.S. Out of Afghanistan 
and Iraq Now!" were passed out 
to participants by ANSWER vol- 

Mock tombstones that read 

"R.I.P. Housing" or "R.LP. Educa- 
tion," were also supplied to show 
how funding for the wars is tak- 
ing money away from other areas 
of society. 

Also present were a multitude of 
homemade signs, tie-dyed cloth- 
ing, military uniforms, drums 
and even faux coffins. 

The coffins, draped with Iraq, 
Afghanistan, Palestine and Unit- 
ed States' flags, represented the 
many causalities caused by the 
wars and were carried by veterans 

and others, including California 
Lutheran University students 
Sam Lovetro and Evan Sandlin, 
on a mile long march. 

The march, headed west on Hol- 
lywood Boulevard, was led by a 
color guard of Iraq and Afghani- 
stan war veterans from an anti- 
war group called March Forward. 

The protesters yelled, "Money 
for jobs and education, not for 
war and occupation!" 

During the march, Ron Kovic, 
[See PROTEST, Page 2) 

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March 24, 2010 



House passes historic 
health care hill 

Late Sunday night, the House of 
Representatives passed two bills 
related to health care. 

The first bill constitutes the 
largest expansion of federal 
health care in over 40 years. 

It is the same bill that the Sen- 
ate approved last December. 

The House also passed a sepa- 
rate compromise package of 
changes, which still needs to be 
taken up and approved by the 

The Senate cannot take up the 
compromise package until the 
first bill is signed into law. 

According to White House 
spokesman Robert Gibbs, 
Obama is expected to sign the 
health care bill into law on Tues- 

Look for continuing coverage 
of the health care debate in the 
April 14 issue of the Echo. 

New dean hopes to grow school of education 


enrik Gjertsen 
Staff Writer 

On March 9, CLU announced 
that Dr. George J. Petersen will 
become the new dean of the 
School of Education, taking over 
for Carol Bartell, who is retiring. 
Petersen will start on July 1. 

The position of dean is respon- 
sible for managing the overall 
operations and budget, ensuring 
the quality of programs, as well 
as hiring and overseeing the de- 
velopment and evaluation of fac- 
ulty and staff. 

James R. Valadez, professor of 
education at California Lutheran 
University, firmly believes that 
the School of Education needs to 
be made more visible in the re- 

"The school of education needs 
to be a player in our region. We 
have a fine reputation in Ven- 
tura County, and we need to 

expand our influence into Los 
Angeles," he 
said. "George 
Petersen comes 
highly recom- 
mended and 
appears to have 
the qualities of 
character and 
George Petersen vision that will 
be critical for 
success as a dean." 

The CLU community is excit- 
ed for Petersen's hiring and his 
management qualities. 

He is known for his abilities 
as a leader and has written two 
books and several articles on ed- 
ucational leadership. 

Petersen had a career in teach- 
ing, having taught social studies 
at St. Bonaventure High School 
in Ventura, Bishop Garcia Diego 
High School in Santa Barbara 
and San Benito High School in 
Hollister, Calif. 

He has won several awards, 
with one of his latest honors be- 
ing the 2008 Association of Cali- 
fornia School Administrators 
Region XIII Education Professor 
of the Year. 

"Dr. Petersen was identified in a 
national search and was selected 
from among some very strong 
candidates for the position. He 
has established a strong record as 
a teacher and scholar in his own 
field of educational leadership," 
Bartell said. 

"Having worked at a variety 
of other universities will enable 
him to bring some new ideas and 
fresh thinking to CLU. He is an 
experienced leader, having been 
a department chair and director 
of a doctoral program." 

In the last couple of years, CLU 
has received state and national 
recognition for their teaching 
program and is in the forefront 
in infusing technology into the 

education programs. 

Through fundraising, impor- 
tant grants have been generated, 
and CLU's first doctoral program 
has been developed. 

For the new dean, it will be im- 
portant to articulate a vision for 
the future and find ways for the 
school to play some role in im- 
proving public education. 

For students and graduates of 
CLU, this signals that the univer- 
sity is eager to keep developing as 
a school in order to reach their 
regional goals in school activity. 

"The hiring of what seems like 
a qualified man in William J. Pe- 
tersen represents to me the no- 
tion that CLU is serious in mov- 
ing forward as one of the more 
attractive schools in the South- 
ern California university mar- 
ket, and hopefully the new dean 
will be a integral part for this to 
happen," senior Mark Linders- 
son said. 

School budgets not making the cut 


lyssa Harris 

Teachers across California are 
putting a smile on for students 
trying to mask the severe finan- 
cial crisis that the state is in. 

Budget cuts have caused school 
districts in California to lose 
teachers, which adds more stu- 
dents per classroom and not 
enough staff to properly monitor 
and instruct the students. 

The cuts have caused a domino 
effect on education among Cali- 
fornia school districts, disabling 
teachers from teaching in a posi- 
tive environment and affecting 
teachers' livelihoods. 

"In regards to the effects of bud- 
get cuts on students, teachers and 
administrators have done a good 
job of hiding the issues. I think 
that teachers have absorbed most 
of the financial crisis and have 
not placed that burden upon the 

students or their parents," said 
Marisa Zambetti, a liberal studies 
grad student at California Luther- 
an University. 

"It is important for parents to 
know, because they are a strong 
voice, they can do certain things 
to turn the educational financial 
crisis around." 

According to ABC's News 10 
in Sacramento, since 2008, state 
budget cuts have forced school 
board members to lop almost $18 
million from the district's bottom 
line. Now, they're struggling with 
$6 million more in cuts. 

The cuts have forced California 
school districts and residents to 
look at our government for an- 
swers to the problems that are tak- 
ing place within our educational 
system, but the problem seems to 
be growing faster and not show- 
ing any signs of improving. 

"I don't think our current lead- 
ers, legislators and policy makers 

have the vision to make the sys- 
tem work. Are they really com- 
mitted to the education of our 
young people? How do we main- 
tain a system that ensures our 
youth will be educated and com- 
petitive for the future," said Dr. 
Valadez, a professor of education 
at CLU. 

"Too many of the current solu- 
tions are short-sighted, or they are 
politically motivated. This is not a 
time for complacency but a time 
for activism, and we must encour- 
age leaders to make better deci- 
sions or replace them." 

School districts across Califor- 
nia are searching for ways to deal 
with the additional budgets cuts. 

Faculty and staff in school dis- 
tricts across the state are trying 
to convince the legislators and 
policy makers that this lack of 
education funding will affect the 
future of these children and the 
economy as a whole. 

Authorities investigating incident 

[HATE CRIME, from Page 1] 
on the cars is disheartening to 
some individuals, the target on 
the person of Jewish faith is what 
upsets some students. 

"The fact that [the perpetra- 
tors] did target a specific student 
makes it worse because it shows 
us that there are some not-so- 
great people here at CLU," Torres 

Although it remains undeter- 
mined as to whether or not the 
individual who committed these 
acts is a student or community 
member, the perpetrator either 
had an ID card or came in with 
a student in order to enter Peder- 

son Hall. 

The office of Campus Public 
Safety has provided the sheriff 
department with "a list of every- 
one who went in and out (of Ped- 
erson Hall]," Miller said. 

Along with the list, Campus 
Public Safety has fully cooper- 
ated with the police and has now 
turned over the investigation to 
the sheriff department. 

In an effort to prevent future 
vandalism or hate crime acts, 
"[Campus Public Safety has] 
heightened what we look for now. 
We are looking more closely for 
things that have been written and 
can be offensive," Miller said. 

However, despite increased cau- 
tion, students also need to be- 
come more involved and report 
anything they may know about 
the incidents that occurred. 

If the perpetrator does turn 
out to be a student, "the school 
will take action independently 
of the sheriff department. Some- 
times the action a school can take 
might be more severe for the stu- 
dent," Miller said. 

If students have any informa- 
tion about what happened last 
weekend, they can report it anon- 
ymously to Detective Eric Bus- 
chew at (805) 494-8226, or Cam- 
pus Public Safety. 

Photo by |enny Guy - Staff Reporter 
End the Wars: Anti-war protesters march down Hollywood Blvd. The 
protest in Los Angles happened in conjunction with others around the 

CLU students march 
in anti-war protest 

[PROTEST, from Page 1] 
Vietnam Veteran, anti-war activist 
and author of "Born on the Fourth 
of July," had the thousands of par- 
ticipants stop marching and sit in 
the middle of Hollywood Boule- 
vard for several minutes in an act 
of civil disobedience. 

"Today, here in Los Angeles, we 
are sending a message that protests 
like these will occur in streets, just 
like this, all over the world until 
this war comes to an end," Kovic 

The march continued after Kov- 
ic's speech, and a large rally com- 
menced once protesters reached 
the mile mark outside of Grau- 
man's Chinese Theater. 

During this rally, ANSWER 
activist Kayla Lindsey said in a 
speech, "we are building a move- 
ment, sisters and brothers, that is 
why we are here today. Nothing 
changes over night regardless of 

who is elected into office. This is a 
sustained struggle for real change, 
and the ANSWER coalition has 
been on the front lines of this 
struggle since the very beginning." 

Lindsey *s speech was followed by 
the crowd chanting, "The people, 
united, will stop the wars. The 
people, united, will stop the wars," 
invoking a communal plea for 

Protester Karen Riggs comment- 
ed on the protest and anti-war 
movement by saying, "I think it is 
very important to be around other 
people that have the mutual belief 
that war is not the answer, no mat- 
ter what the question is. This is a 
long struggle, and Martin Luther 
King Jr. even said, 'If your dream 
can be accomplished in one life- 
time, it's not a big enough dream' 
so it's vital that we come together 
and fight for our common dream; 
which is peace.'" 

March 24, 2010 

the Echo 

NEWS - Page 3 

'Acts of hatred have no place here' 

Rally unites 
students against 
acts of hate 


rooke Hall 
Copy Editor 

Members of the CLU commu- 
nity came together to rally in re- 
sponse to recent racial, religious 
and gender-oriented intolerance 
on campus on Monday, March 

In the past couple of weeks, 
California Lutheran University 
has seen instances like racial and 
gender slurs being placed on an 
African-American student's resi- 
dence hall room message board 
and a swastika placed on a Jew- 
ish student's residence hall win- 
dow, according to an e-mail that 
William Rosser, dean of students, 
sent out to students, faculty and 
staff of CLU. 

In order to combat the recent 
onslaught of bigotry, the Black 
Student Union and the Hip-Hop 
Organization came together to 
host an anti-hate rally. 

Students, faculty and staff met 
at the flagpole at 10 a.m. to sup- 
port the cause. Many who came 
were wearing red in protest. 

"Red is a powerful color. It sticks 
out and it emphasizes 'stop,'" said 
Chaz Hodges, junior and BSU 

The crowd gathered to hear 
speeches from leaders in the uni- 
versity's community. 

Photo by Doug Barnett - Photo Editor 

Stop the Hate: ASCLUG President Reshai Tate addresses students and 
faculty at the anti-hate rally held Monday, The rally was organized in 
response to recent racial and gender slurs and campus vandalism. 

"I ask that we respect one an- 
other and show those who pro- 
mote bigotry on our campus that 
love conquers all," BSU President 
Robert Amey said to the assem- 
bly circled around him. 

The crowd kept growing as uni- 
versity President Chris Kimball 
took the microphone. 

"This circle is getting bigger 
and wider and deeper, and you 
can see the diversity on this cam- 
pus," he said. "Acts of hatred have 
no place here and people who do 
[hatred acts] have no place here." 

Even though the event was not 
highly publicized, the turnout 
met the expectations of the orga- 

"So many people said that this 

couldn't happen because of short 
notice, but I think we all proved 
them wrong," ASCLUG Presi- 
dent Reshai Tate said. 

The anti-hate rally was put to- 
gether to bring awareness to the 
CLU population that actions of 
bigotry are unacceptable and of- 
fend the community. 

"CLU is a small intimate com- 
munity where everyone knows 
everyone so it hurts," Hodges 
said. "I would think we would be 
past [acts of bigotry] now." 

The rally ended in a positive 
note with a prayer led by campus 
Pastor Melissa Maxwell-Doherty. 
"Goodness is stronger than evil," 
she said. "Love is stronger than 

LiNK sheds light on 
human rights violations 

[LINK, from Page 1] 
and what is going on in North Ko- 

While doing so, LiNK is asking 
high schools, colleges and univer- 
sities to start a LiNK chapter and 
raise $2,500 within a year to help 
rescue North Korean refugees. 

Today an estimated 200,000 
North Koreans are in political 
concentration camps. Up to three 
generations of families are impris- 
oned, including children, because 
a relative is suspected of being dis- 
loyal to the government. 

Virtually all sentences are for 
life, and torture and execution are 
common methods of punishment. 

"It's cliche' to say that we are the 
future, but it's true. We need to be 
aware of the situation and to mo- 
bilize," Springer said. 

North Korea has a population of 
around 24 million and all are un- 
der the dictatorship of Kim Jong 
II and the Korean Workers' Party. 

Many North Koreans flee to 
neighboring countries, such as 
China, risking torture and execu- 
tion if captured and repatriated to 
North Korea. 

In China, it is law that all North 
Koreans who illegally cross the 
border must be sent back based on 
the violation of the 1951 Conven- 
tion on the Status of Refugees and 
its 1967 Protocol. 

A fraction of North Korean 
refugees in China escape to Third 
World countries with the inten- 

LiNKing together to 
enact change 

For more information about 
LiNK visit the Web sites below. 

www.twitte m /west nomads 

tion of seeking protection. 

Third World countries include 
Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myan- 
mar, Thailand and Mongolia. 
With the exception of Cambodia, 
these countries are not state par- 
ties to the 1951 Refugee Conven- 

With $2,500, the money will go 
directly toward feeding, clothing 
and transporting a North Korean 
citizen to a country with friendly 
policies toward North Korean 

The process of transporting a 
North Korean is approximately a 
seven day hike from one country 
to their destination. North Kore- 
ans are unable to take a bus, plane 
or any other means of transporta- 
tion because they can be deported 
back to North Korea. 

"We need to push the story out. 
Donate [money] or write a letter to 
your congressmen and senators to 
legalize adoption for stateless chil- 
dren," Batie said. 

ASCLUG hosts open forum in an effort for transparence 

Gannon Smith 
Staff Writer 

On Monday, March 15, at 6:30 
p.m. in Overton Hall, ASCLUG 
held an open forum where they 
offered free pizza and root beer to 
anyone that attended. 

The open forum was a chance 
for any student to come and find 
answers to any questions they had 
about ASCLUG. 

Although the power in Overton 
Hall was off at the beginning, the 
forum still pushed ahead. 

The panel answering questions 
consisted of the ASCLUG execu- 
tive board, and representatives 
from both Senate and Programs 

The panel answered questions 
from a question jar and from peo- 
ple raising their hands. 

Junior Cass Halligan was first to 
ask a question, and inquired about 
where excess money in the Pro- 
grams Board account goes at the 
end of the year. 

Ryan Strand, Programs Board 
director, stated that at the end of 
the year all the left-over money 
from Programs Board rolls over to 
the next year in the general fund. 

The general fund includes all the 
money from under budgeted Club 
Lu events. An example Strand used 
was the homecoming carnival. 
When first budgeted, the carnival 
budget was set at $15,000, but since 

some rides were not operational, 
Programs Board cost was only 

The extra money that had been 
allocated for the carnival was 
then released back into the gen- 
eral fund. Currently the fund is at 
about $13,000. 

Another question pulled out of 
the question jar was "How about a 
go-cart Club Lu?" 

Again, Strand answered saying it 
is a great idea, but they have looked 
into it in the past and the go-cart 
event does not meet the general 
goals of each Club Lu. 

According to Strand, the goals of 
Club Lu are to be a safe alternative 
for all students every Friday night. 
They provide activities people can 
participate in on campus and they 
try to allow at least 300 students to 
participate in the event. 

Strand continued saying that the 
go-carts would only allow 40-50 
people per hour to participate, not 
reaching the 300 participant esti- 
mate that Programs Board wants. 

A question from the jar asked 
"How do you receive feedback 
from Chib Lu events?" 

Senior Matt Lee stood up from 
the audience and answered the 
question. Lee said that currently 
they just gain feedback via word 
of mouth, but he did say that in 
the future they could possibly have 
simple surveys for Club Luers to 
fill out at the event, and they could 

also bring an idea and suggestion 
box to all events. 

After that discussion another 
question was asked. "There is 
about $58,000 left in both Senate 
and Programs Board accounts, 
will that be spent by the end of the 

Strand answered, "Well, there are 
still many events left that will use 
up some of that money." 

Tate added, "From a programs 
perspective it is fiscally respon- 
sible to keep some money leftover 
in each account for next year," he 
said. "The goal is never to max out 
the whole account." 

The panel did not explain to the 
audience the specific ways that the 
money would be spent. 

One of the last questions per- 
tained to the high cost of spring 
formal tickets and how the money 
from the tickets is spent. 

The first explanation given by 
Strand pointed to the fact that ad- 
mission to the Long Beach Aquar- 
ium is $30-40, and dinner is also 
included in the ticket price. One 
dollar of the ticket price goes to 
benefit Haiti. 

Strand then added that a bill for 
$3,000 was going to be brought to 
the table later that night. 

If the bill passed it would have 
lowered ticket prices to $40, $45, or 
$50 depending on when a student 
bought a ticket. The billed failed 
5-8-6, leaving tickets prices at $50 
for the first 300 people. The prices 
will go up to $60 for the remaining 
people who wish to buy their ticket. 

To bring the forum to a conclu- 
sion, Tate addressed the whole au- 

"The important thing is that this 
conversation does not stop to- 
night," Tate said, "and that there 
is an open line of communication 
between student government rep- 
resentatives and students." 

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Under production: 'Robox' will be worth the wait 


essa Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

Do you ever wonder how much 
time and effort are put into pro- 
ducing a 20-minute short film? 
"Robox," the biggest film produc- 
tion in CLU's history, is a three- 
semester-Iong project that is be- 
ing developed by a cast and crew 
of 35. 

The concept for "Robox" was 
created over two years ago by 
junior Jeffrey Gardner and then 
proposed to Dan Restuccio, his 
multimedia instructor. 

"It was an intriguing concept 
because it is a combination of live 
action and some sort of visual ef- 
fect," Restuccio said. 

Initially, the two thought about 
filming real characters on blue 
screen. The project hit a road- 
block after they failed to obtain 
necessary equipment. 

"The notion of trying to ani- 
mate everything by hand was 
daunting," Restuccio said. 

Fortunately, opportunities 

opened up again as the motion 
capture technology has become 
much more sophisticated in the 
past two years. 

When Restuccio brought up 
the project to his HD digital cin- 
ema class last semester, sopho- 
more Scott Beatty volunteered to 
produce while sophomores and 
cousins Matt Eaton and Aaron 
Eaton took positions as the asso- 
ciate producers. 

The movie revolves around the 
life of Rob, a software program- 
mer who has a consuming pas- 
sion for developing video games. 
He has dedicated himself to 
creating a demo game featuring 
"Robox," hoping to sign a con- 
tract that will enable him to ma- 
terialize it. 

A series of events take place 
where he and fill, his boss and 
former girlfriend, get sucked 
into the game and have to fight 
against the villainous robot. 

The main antagonists are played 

Photo by Doug Barnett - Photo Editor 
Sneak Peak: Director Scott Beatty leads actors Matt Russak and Michelle Greathouse while rehearsing a scene. 

by actor Matt Russak and actress 
Michelle Greathouse, accompa- 
nied by Michael Clark. 

As the West Coast editor of Post 
magazine, Restuccio was able to 
obtain assistance through his 
professional contacts. 

"The generosity of Vicon (man- 
ufacturer of motion capture sys- 
tems) and a grant from Commu- 
nity Leaders Association allow us 
to use a portable motion-capture 
system," he said. 

Thanks to Craig Reinhart, pro- 
fessor of computer science, the 
crew received a loan of a Red 
One camera, which was used to 
shoot "District 9," "The Book of 
Eli" and "Night at the Museum." 
ASCLUG Senate also passed a 
bill that allocated $7,500 to the 

Halfway into the project, some 
adjustments were made regard- 

ing task distribution due to the 
great amount of work. Restuccio 
became the executive producer 
and Beatty stepped up to the di- 
rector's plate. M. Eaton and A. 
Eaton each took charge of pro- 
ducing live action and computer 
graphics animation. 

Since "Robox" is a nonprofit 
project, the whole cast and crew 
are working on it solely for the 

"It's an interesting task to get 
people to work without getting 
paid," Beatty said. 

Nonetheless, this does not af- 
fect the high level of commit- 
ment and hard work. 

"I'm glad we're able to develop 
a team that works well together. 
We're all very passionate about 
it," A. Eaton said. 

Being a part of making "Robox" 
not only gives students a chance 

to show their work ethic, but also 
helps them gain experience that 
make them more competitive in 
the job market. 

"It's a really ambitious project. 
It's leaps and bounds compared 
to other projects in terms of pro- 
duction value," Beatty said. "It's at 
the level of dedicated film schools 
like USC, UCLA, AFI and Chap- 

The filming for "Robox" started 
on March 1 3 and will be complet- 
ed by the end of this semester. 

Post-production editing and 
animation will take place in the 
fall. The crew always welcomes 
support, and eagerly invites ev- 
eryone to come and help out. 


For more information 

visit roboxthemovie. 
com and facebook. 

Saakumu Dance Troupe graces Samuelson Chapel 

African artists 
perform traditional and 
contemporary dances of 
Ghana, West Africa 

Courtney Minton 
Staff Writer 

Tradition. This is exactly what 
the Saakumu Dance Troupe is 
dedicated to presenting at all of 
their performances. 

At each performance in the Sam- 
uelson Chapel on March 18 at 3:30 
p.m. and March 19 at 4 p.m. and 
8 p.m., the audience was presented 
with traditional and contemporary 

West African dance and music by 
the performers from Dagara Mu- 
sic Center in Medie, Accra. -. - 

The Saakumu Dance ^^ 

Troupe is one of the premiere Every 

dance and music groups of mistake is a 

Ghana, West Africa, and is new sound, 

led by Bernard Woma. and bad 

The dance troupe has dancing 

toured the whole of Ghana, won't hurt 

the West African sub-region, the ground, 

and the United States. so why 

They share their unique wouldn't 

dance styles and music with you want to 

a wide range of audiences dance?" 

through concert perfor- Bernard Woma 

mances, educational pro- Director 
grams and lecture demon- -. ■ 


ture, values and feelings of Ghana 
to their audience. 

Their educational 
programs include a 
Traditional Ghanaian 
Dance Workshop and 
a Traditional Drum- 
ming Workshop. 

These are both work- 
shops that Woma 
loves to share with 

He feels that people 
restrain themselves 
because they are afraid 
of making a wrong 
sound or dancing 

"Every mistake is a 

Together, they bring the art, cul- new sound, and bad dancing won't 

hurt the ground, so why wouldn't 
you want to dance?" Woma said. 

During the Traditional Drum- 
ming Workshop, members of 
the Thousand Oaks High School 
drum line took turns learning 
beats on traditional African in- 
struments such as the gyil (African 
xylophone), drums, calabash wa- 
ter drums and the praise singing 
(talking drums) of the Akan and 
Dagbamba people of Ghana. 

Woma first taught the group spe- 
cific beats individually and then 
helped them put the beats together 
to form a traditional song. 

Along the way he gave them tips 
as to how to make the sound clear- 
er and purer. 

[See DANCE, Page 6] 


guides future 


rad Henrickson 
Staff Writer 

Running 13 years strong, Se- 
nior Disorientation is a perfect 
way to aid seniors in learning 
about the world they are headed 
into after graduation. 

With a sluggish job market 
and economy. Senior Disorien- 
tation is a way for seniors to be 
informed and educated about 
how to successfully make a living 
once they leave CLU. 

Headed by Sally Lorentson, as- 
sistant director of Student Life 
at California Lutheran Univer- 
sity, students who attended Se- 
nior Disorientation were shown 
Powerpoints, given many tips 
and served an array of food. 

With about one-third of the 
senior class in attendance, the 
largest turnout in Senior Disori- 
entation history, Bogart's Grill at 
Muvico theater was big enough 
to handle everyone. 

It is not all business at this 

"It also is an opportunity for se- 
niors to network with CLU alum- 
ni, and spend social time with 
their fellow seniors," Lorentson 

From navigating a career to get- 
ting insurance, seniors were able 
to get a hands-on lesson on the 
world they are entering. 

"Every aspect of post-college 
life was covered. I definitely feel 
more relieved after this," senior 
Christine Mork said. 

Being able to remember all of 
this information can be a dif- 
ficult task, but it was all sum- 
marized and given to students 
in pamphlet form to take home. 
This was developed as a tool to 
help guide seniors through their 
transition out of college into the 
real world. 

"Students have provided very 
positive feedback in past years," 
Lorentson said. "We continue to 
increase attendance every year, 
and students really enjoy the 
alumni presenters. They often 
connect with the presenters after 
graduation for more questions 
and support." 

CLU provides many resources 
for alumni, ranging from job 
searches to housing options. All 
of these resources are free and 
are always available. 

After the presentations finished 
and business was taken care of, 
seniors were able to socialize 
with one another and learn about 
their peers' plans after college. 
Once seniors graduate, they be- 
come a part of the alumni com- 
munity, comprised of thousands 
who are attempting to success- 
fully thrive and flourish in the 
world outside of CLU. 

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March 24, 2010 

Dance troupe performs Ghana tradition 

[DANCE, from Page 5] 
"When you play hard your shoul- 
ders need to be relaxed. Once you 
are relaxed, you are able to con- 
trol your sound," Woma said. 

Later in the evening, the mu- 
sicians of the troupe played the 
beats taught at the workshop. 

The audience was treated to 
seven different songs and dances 
performed by the Saakumu men 
and women. During the pro- 
gram, the large audience was 
encouraged to participate in the 
songs by singing, clapping and 
even joining in some of the danc- 
es. The dancers were more than 
happy to share the stage with 

"I was so happy to get up there 
and dance," said Jacky Valiquette, 
a local resident. "It was just in- 
credible and something I would 
love to experience again." 

Pastor Melissa Maxwell- 
Doherty was the woman who 
made it possible for the Saakumu 
dancers to come to CLU. Her son 
had two summer experiences at 
the Dagara Music Center, and 

Photo by Doug Barnett - Staff Photographe 
Feel the Beat: Saakumu drummer provides a beat for the dancers. 

after listening to their CDs, she 
knew that getting the troupe to 
come and perform at Samuelson 
Chapel would be an amazing op- 

"It's good to have it in the cha- 
pel where people are aware of 

their bodies and being alive and 
celebrating and telling stories," 
Mawell-Doherty said. "The mu- 
sic is very stirring and dancing 
is a connection of how you and 
your body move. As a Christian, I 
believe God created us to move." 

The Fashion Plate: a Healthy Serving Each Week 

A tribute: if the suit fits, it's yours 


Heather Taylor 

"To score a 
10 would be 
just fine/But 
I'd rather be 
dressed to the 
nines/It's a 
truth you can't 
suits me like a 
As a regular 
viewer of the TV show "How 
I Met Your Mother," I feel like 
the character Barney Stinson, 
played by Neil Patrick Harris, 
and I are kindred spirits. Sure he 
may have a reputation of being a 
legendary womanizer, but each 
week Barney is always impecca- 
bly dressed in a three-piece suit 
and constantly encouraging his 
friend Ted to dress likewise. His 
attitude toward being a sharply 
dressed man is refreshing in to- 
day's society where I feel men 
could use some of the gospel ac- 
cording to Barney. 

Last week at Senior Disorien- 
tation, I listened as one of the 
speakers decided to speak on the 
art of dressing as a grad. While 
I was on board with the fact that 
you won't be able to wear T- 
shirts boasting your beer pong 
skills or short shorts on even the 
most casual of Fridays, I did not 

hear anything on tailoring a suit 
to fit just right for the initial job 

There was an important aside 
on ties that I agreed with and 
going the distance to ensure 
one is worn, but the suit has a 
Cinderella slipper quality to it. 
By wearing a tailored suit, the 
clothes become you and are dis- 
tinct to you and you only. No- 
body else can put it on and pass 
off the look for themselves. If 
the suit fits.'s yours! 

Of course, once you get the 
job, then you will probably 
get the chance to tone the look 
down, but the first impression 
really demands a tailor. I look 
to the greats of good suit wear- 
ing. ..Barney Stinson, Don Drap- 
er on "Mad Men," Mr. Big from 
"Sex and the City'' and Bradley 
Cooper's character from "The 
Hangover." when he first walked 
out in his black number that had 
women across America fainting 
in movie theaters everywhere. 

Another issue I did not hear 
any mention of is what I find 
to be one of the most important 
concepts on dressing for a suc- 
cessful interview for a woman: 
know your stilettos. 

Walking in heels is not always 
the easiest walk to take. Blam- 

ing the shoe wearer is not fair 
because certain shoe brands do 
not make their shoes easy to 
maneuver in. I have a pair in 
my closet that I'm certain I will 
never wear again due to the fact 
they seemed to be invented for a 
person with two left feet. 

What I can recommend is find- 
ing a pair of shoes that fit you 
comfortably, both with and 
without stockings or panty hose. 

The heel itself does not need 
to be seven inches high or as 
slender as a toothpick either. 
A stacked heel at three and a 
half inches does the trick quite 

I myself am currently be- 
witched by the Calvin Klein 
"Olive" pump in black patent 
leather at Lord and Taylor. It 
is a mere three inches high and 
compatible with outfits of vary- 
ing degrees, perfect on and off 
of the job. 

When at a job interview, be 
yourself, ask the interviewer 
lots of questions, and when pos- 
sible, crack light jokes (appro- 
priate ones) to lighten the mood. 

As the gospel of Barney states, 
"You see, whenever I start feel- 
ing sick, I stop being sick and be 
awesome instead. True story." 

Amen, brother. 

'Vagina Monologues' 
shock and inspire 


aley de Vinney 
Staff Writer 

There aren't many events on 
campus that offer fair trade 
chocolate vaginas. 

California Lutheran University 
club Feminism Is... and the Center 
for Equality and Justice passed 
out these sweet treats along with 
staging "The Vagina Monologues" 
on March 16 at 8 p.m. in the 
Lundring Events Center. 

Eve Ensler is the woman who 
started it all. On her Web site, 
through Random House, Inc., "The 
Vagina Monologues" are referred 
to as "a celebration of female 
sexuality in all its complexity and 

"The Vagina Monologues" Web 
site states that the monologues are 
"based on interviews with over 
200 women about their memories 
and experiences of sexuality." 

These monologues were written 
to change how women think about 
themselves and inspired the V-Day 
movement. The V-Day movement 
was created to bring awareness 
and prevent violence against girls 
and women. 

The event began with a panel of 
women who asked questions like, 
"What would you vagina wear? 
What two words would your 
vagina say?" 

Such questions were meant 
to break the ice and relax the 

Lee Mondol, a junior at CLU, 
attended the event having different 

"The name 'Vagina Monologues* 
made me think it was going to 
be about something it wasn't," 
Mondol said, "but now I feel like I 

understand women and the issues 
that they struggle with better." 

Sara Pressy, the president of 
Feminism Is..., suggests that 
all students would benefit from 
seeing the monologues and hopes 
the name doesn't scare people 

"What's really nice about "The 

Vagina Monologues" is that it 

covers a wide range of women's 

issues, and we have some 

monologues that speak about 

being able to love your body and 

about respecting yourself?' Pressy 

said. "Its sort of a fun way to let 

people know 

VV about serious 

It's sort of a and important 

fun way to issues." 

let people James de 

know about Haan, the vice 

serious and president of 

important the Feminism 

issues." Is... was 

Sara Pressy excited to see 

President of the audience's 

Feminism Is... reaction to 

— — — ^^— the speakers. 

"At first they would be squeamish 

and squirm in their seats every 

time the word vagina was uttered, 

but by the time we were ending 

they had become engrossed in the 

stories being told and the various 

paths women took to discover 

their own sexuality that the words 

being spoken lost that taboo and 

regained legitimacy," Haan said. 

The event is meant to startle, but 
also inspire. 

"If the monologues manage 
to inspire just one person in 
attendance at CLU, then I 
feel the entire process from 
conceptualization to action is 
worth it," Haan said. 


Margaret Nolan 

Matthew Kufeld 

Carly Robertson 

Caitlin Coomber 

Trace Ronning 

Doug Barnett 



Brooke Hall 

Ms. Colleen Cason 

Lindsey Brittain 
Alex Lastort 
Hallie Walsh 
Mayan White 

Jonathan Culmer 

March 24, 2010 

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FEATURES - Page 7 

He Said, She Said: A little of him, a little of her 
Taking the 'Happy Gilmore ' swing by storm 

Antoine Adams 

The sun is out, the birds are 
chirping and shorts are coming 
out of the closet. Its time to go 

Golf is a mans sport that allows 
you to relax with a few of your 

You can't step on the green and 
not practice your "Happy Gilm- 
ore" golf approach, which is hav- 
ing a running start to your swing. 
I'm never successful, but it is a 
good time as long as you're not 
the idiot whose golf club flies out 
of your hand mid-swing. 

1 can always picture myself en- 
joying the sun at age 40 with my 

Golf was a perfect remedy after 
my not-so-lovely experience at 
Forever 21 and "Remember Me." 

To my surprise, Allie knew how 
to golf and was pretty good. I was, 
of course, still the better athlete, 
but still very impressed with her 
natural talent. 

There were a few swings and 
misses, but most of the time the 
ball went far and straight, which 
is all you can ask for. 

Sinaloa Golf Course provides 
you with your basic driving range 
for aggression, or in my case, the 
"Happy Giimore" swing and nine- 
hole course to ensure a good time. 
There is also the option of playing 
a round and renting a set of clubs. 

You can never use your driver, 
as the course is too small. With 
a driver your golf ball will land 

at least a mile away from the 
hole. You get to work on your 
mid-range to short game mosdy, 
which I was horrible at. 

You also had to watch out for the 
flock of geese on the course. The 
course is home to a small pond, 
a flock of geese and a few baby 
turtles. When I got to hole three, 
I had to maneuver my way around 
a goose to hit my ball. 

They are great to look at, but I'd 
prefer to not be so close to them. 

As long as you can ignore poten- 
tial goose attacks, and the possible 
wannabe professional golfers with 
their straw hats trying to pass you 
by on the course, you will have a 
good time. 

Alexandra Butler 

"Hold on. This is between the 
ball and me." That's what I said as 
Antoine tried to help me during a 
challenging game of golf. 

The game of golf is very differ- 
ent without the colored balls and 
pretty waterfalls that one may find 
at a miniature golf range. 

I have heard that many people 
are intimidated by the game. I 
would argue that it is way more 
fun to hit a ball as hard as you 
can, rather than try to outsmart a 
rotating clown statue with a kid- 
die putter. 

Come on. Let's grow up, guys, 
and overcome the ever-intimidat- 
ing driving range. 

First, put on your most com- 
fortable closed-toe shoes. Bring 

a hat and sunglasses because 
sometimes the sun can be blind- 
ing. Next, remember that your 
9-iron and putter are your best 
friends. There are a lot of clubs in 
a bag, but the 9-iron can be used 
for most shots. The putter is used 
when you are closest to the hole. 

The only problem I have with 
golf is that it requires polite eti- 
quette. This means no yelling, 
loud clapping or talking during a 
person's back swing. 

However, after you are in your 
stance, concentrating on a hole 
that is about 135 yards away from 
you, it can be difficult not to yell 
either in frustration or joy. 

I have a feeling yelling "stop!" or 
"nice shot babe!" was not proper 
golf etiquette. To be honest, I 
think clapping with two fingers is 
pointless. If a person is going to 
clap it should be loud and celebra- 
tory. Needless to say I broke every 
etiquette rule. I talked, clapped, 
yelled and hit the ball out of turn. 

Before stepping on the green, 
I thought golf was a little on the 
boring side. However, playing is a 
lot of fun. 

It is a great way to enjoy the sun- 
shine and the company of friends 
as long as you're not hitting it in 
the sand or the woods. I encour- 
age everyone to try golf because 
it is also a sport you can play as 
you age. 

I wonder what would happen if 
people started to have fun with 
golf by yelling and clapping? Peo- 
ple could enjoy it, which would 
eliminate the stereotype of golf 
being boring. 


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Admitted Students Day 
sets record attendance 

Admitted students and their 
families came in record numbers 
to Admitted Students Day at CLU 
on March 20. 

As of press time admission rep- 
resentatives estimated to have 
more than 450 RSVP's and rough- 
ly 1,100 people attending on cam- 
pus, including family members. 

"Admitted Students Day is im- 
portant because it shows perspec- 
tive students what [California 
Lutheran University] has to offer," 
Admissions intern Breanne Gib- 
son said. "Hopefully they will see 
that [CLU] is where they want to 
be for the next four years." 

The day included sessions that 
focused on the different areas of 
what CLU offers. 

Admitted students had the op- 
portunity to attend sessions on 
student life and financial plan- 
ning, visit residence halls and 
attend an involvement fair that 
had representatives from differ- 
ent clubs and organizations and 
professors from different depart- 

Holi makes a splash 

Photo courtesy of Mart Stromsvag- Special to the Echo 
Surprise: Students celebrate the Indian Festival of Colors with paint. 


ari Stromsvag 
Special to the Echo 

On Sunday, March 21, about 30 
students were spotted in Kings- 
man Park running after each 
other with water balloons, buck- 
ets of water and their hands filled 
with colored powder, which they 
excitedly rubbed in each other's 
faces, necks and hair. 

The students nicknamed them- 
selves the new "Avatars" due to 
their new skin color. The pow- 
dered colors mixed with water 
also stained their once white 
T-shirts, turning them into tie- 
dyed shirts. 

This was the third annual In- 
dian Festival of Colors - called 
Holi — where participants par- 
take in a friendly water fight 
with colors. 

Holi has socio-cultural, re- 

ligious and biological reasons 
behind it, ranging from legends 
about gods who ambushed each 
other with color, to more serious 
issues involving the caste system 
in India. Holi brings the society 
together across India's many re- 
ligions and social standings. 

Indians use the colors to cov- 
er up the obvious signs of their 
class standings, to people not to 
differentiate between the rich 
and poor. Everybody celebrates 
the festival together while bring- 
ing laughter and fun into their 

This event was sponsored by 
the India Club and Multicultur- 
al and International Programs, 
and has become a memorable 
event for many CLU students, 
while serving to bring CLU's In- 
dian students together. Happy 

Haiti charity concert shows love 


auren Puopolo 
Staff Writer 

A whisper turned into dead si- 
lence when the lights dimmed. 

Last Saturday, March 20, Califor- 
nia Lutheran University and Pacific 
Pearl Music Association sponsored 
the Love and Hope for Haiti Char- 
ity Concert in the Samuelson Cha- 

The concert emcees were Cal 
Lutheran's own; students Hannah 
Fordhal and Jordan Leckness. 

There were three different musi- 
cal groups that participated in the 

These groups included Pacific 
Pearl Music Association, Moorpark 
College Jazz A Band and the Los 
Angeles Chinese Musicians En- 
semble Chorus. 

The arrangement of music ranged 
from orchestral, Chinese folk, 
chamber, choir and jazz. 

"I think it's a good thing that dif- 
ferent groups are performing and 
showing support for Haiti," said 
Brittney Walker, fundraiser and 
sophomore at CLU "It's not just the 
main groups, it's something outside 
of the circle of organizations that 
would raise money" 

Fundraiser and sophomore Tif- 
fany Sarmietno felt the outcome of 
the even went well. 

"Everyone was really touched by 
the event; they all came out to show 
their support. It was really power- 
ful and moving to see how people 
really care about Haiti, even though 
it's been a couple of months. It's im- 
portant to know they still need our 
help," Sarmiento said. 

The earthquake was reported to 
be a 7.0 with 52 aftershocks mea- 
suring at an average 4.5. Millions 
where left homeless and thousands 
died from these enormous earth- 

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March 24, 2010 

Coming to a computer near you: Echo to go online 



Editor in Chief 

After years of being confined 
to newsprint, the Echo is finally 
joining the digital age. 

On March 17, 2010, university 
officials approved the Echo to go 

This marks a monumental 
turning point in the history of 
the Echo, as this will allow our 
publication to become a more 
creditable, constant news source. 

Through the online publishing 
company College Publisher, 
producer of more than 450 
university newspapers including 
Notre Dame and USC, we will be 
given the tools to upload our usual 
print version to the Web as well as 

add new elements such as blogs, 
videos and discussion forums. 

As students, we are continually 
being told by our professors and 
other media professionals that 
newspapers in their original form 
are a dying breed. With the rising 
popularity of digital literature in 
the form of webzines, Kindles 
and blogs, newspaper readership 
has taken a hard hit over the past 

Let's face it: I bet many of you have 
not picked up a newspaper in years 
(other than the Echo, of course). 
Especially for our generation, 
many of us would rather be able to 
just click and pick the stories that 
we want to read instead of having 
to shift through a thick newspaper. 

In hopes of gaining a lifeline 
amid the Internet frenzy, 
newspapers around the country 
began producing a digital copy 
of their usual print publication. 
The outcome has single-handedly 

saved the newspaper industry. 

According to an article from 
the American Journalism Review, 
online newspaper revenue is 
growing by at least a double-digit 
rate every year as "Web sites run 
by local newspapers typically 
remain the most popular sources 
of news and the largest sources of 
online advertising in their local 

Even actual reporting has 
moved online as more and more 
journalists are taking advantage 
of social networking sites such 
as Twitter and Facebook to 
contact sources and scout new 
story ideas. According to a post 
by Leah Betancourt on "The 
Journalist's Guide to Facebook," 
the popular site can be "invaluable 
to journalists" as it "gives 
reporters a means to connect 
with communities involved with 
stories, find sources and generate 

While no news story should 
ever be based solely on these 
social media resources, they 
have become a jumping point for 
journalists around the world. 

Don't get me wrong; I don't see 
newspapers ever fully abandoning 
their traditional print format. 
However, for any publication to 
survive in the 21st century, the 
move online is essential. People 
these days expect to be able to find 
the news they want, when they 
want it and how they want it. The 
future of journalism relies on the 
power of the Internet. 

Creating a Web site for the Echo 
is going to provide nothing but 
good things for both the paper and 
for Cal Lutheran. According to, there are 10,000 
newspapers online worldwide. 
With the Echo soon to make that 
10,001, our students are going 
to be gaining valuable, practical 
experience about what it is like to 

be part of a digital news publication 
as well as more material to add to 
their portfolios. This experience 
will carry them from being student 
journalists to part of the next 
generation of media professionals. 

We are also expecting our 
readership to skyrocket as the 
Web site will make our publication 
available to more students, alumni, 
families, donors, community 
members and future CLU 
students. I expect the number 
of communication students will 
also increase as more incoming 
students are interested in Web 
journalism and the importance of 
digital reporting. 

When I began my journey as 
editor in chief, I made it a goal 
to see this publication through at 
least one digital issue. 

It gives me nothing but pleasure 
to say that within the next few 
weeks, you will be able to visit the 
Echo on the World Wide Web. 

Spring break in Mexico becomes increasingly dangerous 

Mexico continues to struggle 
with violence, drug wars and 

For years, many students have 
opted to spend their spring break 
vacations in Mexico. Recently, 
however, countless disturbing 
incidences in Mexico are causing 
many spring breakers to think 
twice about vacationing there. 

In a recent e-mail sent to all 
undergraduate students on 
March 15, William Rosser, dean 
of students, sent a schoolwide 
message warning students of the 
dangers of travelling out of the 
country, particularly to Mexico. The 
e-mail advised students to educate 
themselves on the risks associated 
with travel before going about their 
spring break endeavours. 

In late 2009, four US. citizen 
tourists were killed in a region of 
Mexico known as Gomez Palacio, 
Domingo. The murderers remain a 

It is not uncommon for Mexican 
officials to leave violent crimes 
unresolved. According to a recent 
article on, two more 
U.S. citizens were killed in a drive 
by shooting on March 1 5 in Ciudad 
Juarez, Mexico. 

It seems that drug cartels and 
violent crimes are currently at an 
all time high in Mexico. Despite 
the dangers, some students are 
ignoring the security warnings 
and following through with their 
plans to travel to Mexico for spring 
However, the recent rise in crime 

Photo courtesy of 

and security warnings should be 
a red flag to tourists. The fact that 
the number of Americans being 
attacked and killed is on the rise 
should not be ignored. 

Everyone wants to have a fun, 
memorable spring break. But, its 
not worth risking your life for. 

According to, 
travelers to Mexico need to 
take several safety precautions. 
Travelers are urged to only travel 
on main roads during the day, stay 
in reputable tourist areas and avoid 
traveling by themselves. 

The Web site also cautions people 
about wearing expensive jewelry or 
carrying around valuable items and 
large amounts of money. Travelers 
are advised to leave their itinerary 
with a family or friend back in the 
U.S. in case of an emergency. 

According to, the state 
department also issued a travel 
warning stating, "recent Mexican 
army and police confrontations 
with drug cartels have resembled 
small-unit combat, with cartels 
employing automatic weapons and 
grenades. Large fire fights have 
taken place in towns and cities 

across Mexico, but occur mostly in 
northern Mexico, including Ciudad 
Juarez, Tijuana, Chihuahua City, 

Nogales, Matamoros, Reynosa and 
Monterrey. During some of these 
incidents, U.S. citizens have been 
trapped and temporarily prevented 
from leaving the area." 

That sentence is enough to keep 
me away from Mexico. 

Why would anyone want to 
spend their spring break in a war 

School officials are not the only 
ones who should be worried. 
Parents are justifiably concerned 
with their children's spring break 
travel plans. 

In a recent article in the Atlanta 
Journal Constitution, Texas 
Department of Public Safety 
Director Steve McCraw issued a 
warning on March 4. 

"Parents should not allow their 
children to visit these Mexican 

[border] cities because their safety 
cannot be guaranteed,'' he said. 

Beside running the risk of being 
a victim of violence, travelers going 
to Mexico are risking contracting 
swine flu. The influenza virus has 
flourished in Mexico since late 
2009 and has caused coundess 
deaths in a country where so many 
lack proper medical attention. 

I do not understand why people 
want to risk their lives to spend 
their spring break in Mexico when 
we have such beautiful beaches 
only 30 minutes away from us in a 
much safer environment. 

You do not need to put yourself 
in harms way to have a good time 
over spring break. 

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officials and do not travel to 

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OPINION - Page 9 

Attempt to print Reagan on bills is too absurd, too soon 



The $50 bill would be getting 
a makeover if it was up to con- 
gressman Patrick McHenry. 

McHenry, a Republican repre- 
sentative from North Carolina, 
recently drew up legislation to 
replace Ulysses S. Grant with 
Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill. 

This did not come as a huge 
shock to those in Washington, 
D.C., considering that in the past 
there have been proposals to re- 
place Franklin D. Roosevelt on 
the dime and Andrew Jackson on 
the $20 bill with Reagan at differ- 
ent times in recent history. How- 
ever, both requests were denied. 

McHenry has been quoted in 
several news stories including 
one from ABC News saying, "ev- 
ery generation needs its heroes," 
in reference to Reagan. 

This statement is a little trou- 
bling to me since the nation is 
so far divided about Reagan's 

economic decisions as president. 
In fact, the term "Reaganomics" 
was coined in response to those 
controversial decisions. 

Reaganomics is a broad term 
that refers to the changes the late 
president made in regard to taxa- 
tion among other issues. 

It would be ironic to 
place Reagan's face 
on our currency when 
his administration is 
associated with 
controversial economic 

During his presidency, he se- 
verely cut individual income, es- 
pecially in the top earners brack- 
et, along with corporate income 
tax. However, he increased the 
tax on Social Security. 

These, and other changes, re- 
sulted in a tripled national debt. 

It is ironic that McHenry wants 
to puts Reagan's face on our cur- 
rency when he is infamously as- 
sociated with controversial eco- 
nomic shortcomings. 

Plus, Reagan has not even been 
dead for a decade. 

It is too soon to put his face on 
our money, especially when he 
could replace Grant, the presi- 
dent who pieced our country 
back together after the Civil War. 

Although he had a fair share 
of his own scandals. Grant faced 
many more hardships in his 
presidency, and he deserves to 
stay on the $50 bill. 

His reforms made to the civil 
rights movement alone is enough 
for him to permanently remain 
on the $50 bill 

A recent article in the Los An- 
geles Times says it best when they 
comment that, "Ronald Reagan 
is honored by, among other 
things, an airport, a freeway, an 
aircraft carrier and — ironically 
for a critic of big government — 
one of the biggest federal build- 
ings in Washington." 

According to the same article, 
there are also rumors that Rea- 
gan will have two mountains 
named after him in the near fu- 
ture in California and Nevada. 

In addition, the Ronald Reagan 
Library in Simi Valley is hold- 
ing a 2-year-tong celebration to 
commemorate the 100th birth- 
day of Reagan. 



Photo courtesy of 

Isn't this enough? 

Overall, I do not agree with re- 
placing our 18th president with 
the 40th on the $50 bill for the 
main reason that it implies that 
Reagan was a better president 
and a bigger "hero." 

Grant won the Civil War for the 
Union, plain and simple. How 
much bigger of a hero can a per- 
son be? 

I am not saying that Reagan 

was a bad president. I am simply 
saying that it would not be right 
to put his face on money when 
there was such a controversy 
throughout his presidency about 
national debt. 

His face printed on our $50 
bills would be like naming a 
muckraking newspaper after for- 
mer president Richard Nixon. 

It just doesn't make much 

Burton and Depp make 'Wonderland' predictably unpredictable 

Tim Burton's interpretation of 
the classic 1865 novel "Alice in 
Wonderland," written by Lewis 
Carroll, hit theaters earlier this 

If it isn't the familiar childhood 
tale of a young girl falling down 
a rabbit hole and entering an 
enchanted world of unknowns 
that gets you to the theater, surely 
the hype surrounding Burton, 
the king of revealing beauty in 
darkness, will. 

Once in the theater, maybe it will 
be Burtons thoughtful use of shade 
and light, or the charming but drab 
opening scenes contrasted with 
the rich, full intensity of pigments 
accompanying Wonderland, that 
motivate you to sit back and take 
in his vision. 

Similarly, it could be the fantastic 
casting of well-known characters 
offset by new, original cast 

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additions, such as the Red Queen's 
squire- fish, sure to become part of 
future nostalgia. 

With a whirlwind storyline 
that invites the audience to join 
Alice on her journey through a 
land of unexpected spectacles 
and mysterious mishaps, it is 
no surprise that Burtons "Alice 
in Wonderland" continues to 
generate abnormally large box 
office numbers. In its opening 
weekend, the movie brought 
in over $116 million, and now 

headed into its third weekend, the 
movie has a worldwide gross of 
over $447 million. 

Burtons films have always 
pushed creative boundaries, 
and "Alice in Wonderland" is no 

Though it isn't as dark as other 
Burton classics including "Sleepy 
Hollow" and "Nightmare Before 
Christmas," Burtons stamp can be 
seen throughout the entire movie 
including his choice in casting 
Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter 

and Helena Bonham Carter as the 
Red Queen. 

While some argue that the 
Burton-Depp relationship has 
become simply too predictable, 
I must remind moviegoers that 
while predictability may lead 
to boredom, it may also lead 
to relief. Though we have seen 
Depp in a number of Burton's 
films, often portraying what can 
only be categorized as "weirdos 
incapable of being categorized," 
it is important to remember it is 
only because Depp is so successful 
in helping Burton to achieve his 
ultimate message. 

Burton seeks to engage his 
audience by the "weird factor." 
Depp as a "weirdo" thrives 
due to the quiet, introspective 
confidence he employs as part of 
his characters' mentality. 

Whether he is Edward 
Scissorhands, Willy Wonka or 
the Mad Hatter, Depp's characters 
evolve from a place of alienation 
to the worlds in which they reside. 

Still, Depp's characters maintain 
a very humane approach to 
friendship and love. In short 
Depp helps to humanize his 

strange characters and make them 
more digestible and relatable. 

This is, however, where the 
likenesses end. 

A Tim Burton film is partially 
a Tim Burton film because of its 
original content. From "Sleepy 
Hollow," a horror film, to "Sweeny 
Todd," a musical, it is almost 
impossible to be a step ahead of 

What is meaningful to me, 
personally, is the selectivity and 
tenderness with which he chooses 
a project. 

Never the director to simply 
work on something to boost his 
resume, Burton continues to 
surprise his loyal fans with newer, 
more innovative ways of looking 
at storytelling, art and life. 

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Echo, it was written that Meg 
Whitman financed the politi- 
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March 24, 2010 


Seagulls shoot down Regals in second straight loss 

Cal Lutheran 
looks to rebound 
against Mills 

Sasha Voinovich 
Staff Writer 

Both the men and women's 
tennis teams faced Salisbury 
University, but only one doubles 
team came away with the win 
for California Lutheran Uni- 
versity. The Regals of CLU were 
only able to earn one point, los- 
ing against Salisbury this past 

The doubles matches opened 
up the afternoon at the Poulson 
Tennis Center. Playing at the No. 

1 spot were the team of sopho- 
mores Jordan Leckness and 
Holly Beaman, who lost 8-5 to 
Jackie Burr and Jillian Poppe of 
SU. CLU sophomore Kim Koli- 
bas and her freshman teammate 
Lauren Toohey were not able to 
come away with a win in the No. 

2 spot. Elaina losue and Angela 
Tenaglia of SU beat the CLU 
freshman team of Carly Mouzes 
and Melissa Dahl with a score of 

"We are focusing on improv- 
ing our doubles play and focus- 
ing on specific strategies in both 
doubles and singles," first year 
coach Vanessa McPadden said. 

As far as the singles matches, 
Beaman earned the single point 
for the Regals on Thursday. 

Playing at the No. 3 spot, Bea- 
man defeated Kelly Fahrner 

(SU) 6-1, 6-0. 

Leckness was able to take her 
opponent to three sets, but not 
able to come away with a win. 
Jackie Burr of SU defeated Leck- 
ness 6-3, 3-6, 6-0. 

"I lost in three sets, and even 
though I am extremely disap- 
pointed, I cannot wait to take 
advantage of my next match and 
hopefully take the win," Leck- 
ness said. 

Leckness is the team captain 
this year and could not be more 
proud of her team. 

"[Beaman] dominated on the 
court, got a win for our team and 
played so strong. Her continu- 
ous support and cheering really 
encouraged the whole team," 
Leckness said. "Everyone was 
really fighting for every point 
and our team never gave up." 

Playing at the No. 2 spot for 
the Regals was Kolibas who suf- 
fered a 6-4, 6-3 loss. Toohey was 
playing in the No. 4 spot and lost 
6-1, 7-5 to Poppe. CLU junior 
Lacey Gormley lost 6-0, 6-1, in 
the No. 6 spot. 

The No. 5 singles match was 
a close one. CLU's Mouzes 
forced a third- set-super- tie -break 
against SU's Angela Tenaglia, 
eventually losing the match 6-0, 
5-7, 1-0 (11-9). SU went back to 
Maryland with a final score of 
8-1 over CLU. 

"Last year, we beat Salisbury by 
one point, and it was a very close 
match. This year every match 
was close, and it could have 
gone either way again, but [SU] 
seemed to step it up," Leckness 

said. "However, even though we 
lost, 1 felt that this match has 
only made us stronger" 

McPadden has nothing but 
faith in her young team. 

"They all have wonderful atti- 
tudes and they really want to be 
there and work hard to achieve 
their goals," McPadden said. 
"They are a very teachable and 

positive group." 

The Regals have created "team 
goals" and are looking to achieve 
them in the remainder of the 

Today the Regals play host to 
the Mills College Cyclones at the 
Poulson Tennis Center, part of 
a six game home stand for the 

On Deck 

Cal Lutheran 
vs. Mills College 

Poulson Tennis Center 
Today 2 p.m. 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photographt 

Avoiding a Shutout: Sophomore Holly Beaman was the only player who defeated a Salisbury player last week. 

Gentle giant dreams of career beyond Cal Lutheran 

Amanda Lovett 
Staff Writer 

It's not every day that someone 
gets the chance to excel at their pas- 
sion, but for senior Paul Hartmann, 
the past four years have been a 
chance of a lifetime out on the field 
of dreams. 

Introduced to the sport at the age 
of 5 when his parents signed him 
up for tee ball, the "home run king" 
of Cal Lu fell in love with the game 
of baseball, which inspired his fu- 

"Its something that I love to play, 
that I love to do. lust being on that 
field inspires me to play harder," 
Hartmann said. 

The soft-spoken, 6-foot-6-inch 
Tucson, Ariz, native says he be- 
lieves his biggest achievement is 
just having the opportunity to play 
in college here at Cal Lu, and to suc- 
ceed at doing so. 

"Paul's not only a very good player 
but also a very good student," coach 
Marty Slimak said. "He's not a very 
vocal guy, but he leads by example." 

His freshman year, Hartmann 
was ranked fourth on the team with 
a .342 batting average and notched 

Photo by Kevin Baxter - Sports In) 
Hammered Home: Hartmann's 28 home runs is No. 1 in CLU history. 

his first four-hit game. Sophomore 
year, he was voted to the All-SCIAC 
first team, and led CLU's team with 
a .371 batting average and 1 1 home 

As an upperclassman, he was 
ranked second on the team his 
junior year with a .385 batting av- 
erage, All-SCIAC second team 

honors and 12 home runs. As his 
senior year continues, he proceeds 
to make it obvious his career is only 
on the rise. 

"I'd say his biggest achievement 
here at CLU is probably his home 
run record," Slimak said. 

CLU's all time home run record 
of 27 was tied and then broken by 

Hartmann's two consecutive home 
runs during the first two innings of 
the SCIAC game versus Whittier 
on Friday, March 12. It was Hart- 
mann's fifth multi-home run game 
of his career. 

"He supplies power in numbers, 
which is the reason why he broke 
the home run record," said Jordan 
Ott, teammate and co-slugger. 
"Home runs always boost the 
team's confidence." 

As a team player, Hartmann not 
only inspires the other players on 
the team to have more confidence, 
but also to be better players togeth- 

"Paul's a good guy to have around; 
he's very positive," Ott said. "We 
feed off" each other in the game. 
When he does well, I do well. It 
helps to have him in the lineup with 
me and vice versa." 

Other than teamwork, there is a 
lot to be said for the amount of ef- 
fort put into the preparation for a 
successful baseball season. For any 
aspiring sluggers out there, Hart- 
mann offers his keys to success. 

"A lot of core exercises and power 
lifts, weight training and getting 
stronger" he said. 

However, according to Hart- 
mann, staying fit is the easier of the 
challenges one faces as a baseball 

"My biggest challenge is probably 
staying positive with baseball," he 
said. "Hitting .3 is considered to be 
successful. You're hitting less than 
half most of the time so it's like a 
game of failure. So you have to stay 

A high school coach once shined 
some light on how to stay positive 
for Hartmann. 

"My assistant coach in high school 
once told me, 'never let the fear of 
striking out get in your way"' he 
said. "Best advice I've been given." 

While graduation is on the ho- 
rizon for Hartmann, he says that 
baseball will continue to be in the 
forefront of his aspirations. 

"I hope to get drafted and play 
professional baseball," he said. "Any 
team; I just want to play." 

Slimak feels that his star player 
could go on to have a great career if 
he sticks with it. 

"I think his future career is bright 
if he goes on to play professional 
basebalL He's only going to get bet- 
ter the more he plays," Slimak said. 

March 24, 2010 

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SPORTS -Page 11 

Tigers come from behind against Regals twice 

Cal Lutheran 
unable to hang 
onto lead at Oxy 


hristine Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

After facing both Linfield and 
Occidental colleges, the CLU 
Softball team struck out, but still 
managed to win one game last 

Friday afternoon, the Regals 
played No. 11 Linfield, split- 
ting the doubleheader with box 
scores of 2-4 in game 1 and 5-3 
in game 2. 

With two-run hits from senior 
Emily Robertson and junior 
Lizzie Novak and the support 
of junior pitcher AUyson Salas, 
they managed to split the victory 
with Linfield. 

The Wildcats used a two-out, 
seventh-inning rally to defeat 
the Regals in the first game. In 
the first inning, Linfield's Kar- 
leigh Prestianni hit a two-out 
single to left field while Emilee 
Lepp led the game with a double. 

Linfield starter Claire Velaski 
played all seven innings, allow- 
ing three hits, two runs and mak- 
ing eight strikeouts. She is now 
3-0 this season. Staci Doucette 
had three RBI on her seventh- 
inning double and was 2-for-4. 

CLU sophomore Talia Ferrari 

would blank the Wildcats five in- 
nings straight with her pitching. 
In the fourth inning, Ferrari gave 
an offensive boost to the team 
with a triple and tied the game 
at 1-1 in the middle of the game. 

Allowing 10 hits in seven in- 
nings, Ferrari was determined 
to help the team get back up on 
their feet. 

Senior Nikki Campbell land- 
ed a triple in between the right 
fielder and second base. Junior 
Katy Bateman helped Campbell 
in on a groundout after five in- 
nings, giving CLU a 2-1 lead. 

Getting back up on their game, 
the Regals finished the second 
game with a 5-3 win and a four- 
run inning. 

Responding to a solo homer 
opening from Lepp, the Regals 
took a long, two-run homer from 
Robertson to centerfield and 
leading the team with a two-run 
double from Novak, boosting the 
score of 4-2 after one inning. 

Salas, pitching for all seven in- 
nings, managed to allow three 
runs on six hits for the Regals. 

Bateman, Robertson and Ferra- 
ri each had two hits in game two. 
Robertson and Novak contrib- 
uted two runs for the final win. 

"There was a chemistry 
throughout the team, and we 
were all on the same page," se- 
nior Brittany Ordos said. 

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couple of hits and boosted mo- 
rale in order to win the second 
game with couple of hits." 

On Saturday afternoon, the Re- 
gals faced another doubleheader 
against Occidental College. 

After beating the No. 11 rank- 
ing team in the country, the Re- 
gals fell short of winning the two 
games against Occidental with 
scores of 2-3 in game No. 1 and 
5-6 in game No. 2. 

The Occidental Tigers won us- 
ing a late two-run homer in the 
first game to take it in eight in- 

Trailing 1-0 in the first inning, 
the Regals had three consecutive 
two-out doubles in the third in- 
ning to take a 2-1 lead. 

Bateman doubled to center, 
starting the rally while Novak 
also picked up a double to the 
right field. 

"We have the team chemistry 
like we do normally, but this 
time we didn't show up to win," 
she said. 

Coach Debby Day declined to 
comment after this weekend's 

Photo by Kevin Baxter - Sports Information 
Put 'Em Down: Novak put the Regals on top in game 2 against Linfield. 


"Hopefully after this weekend, 
we will learn from those losses 
and have greater sense of urgen- 
cy to win the conference," Ordos 

The Regals (8-12, 1-7) play a 
doubleheader against Pomona- 
Pitzer (6-10, 2-8) on March 27 at 

On Deck 

Cal Lutheran 

vs. Pomona-Pitzer 

Saturday noon 



Yankees the frontrunner in 2010 again 

Springtime is here, and for many 
people spring means baseball. The 
2010 MLB season is right around 
the corner, so it's time to catch up 
on a few things before Opening 
Day on April 4. 

Last fall, the New York Yankees 
ended their title drought, beat- 
ing the Philadelphia Phillies in six 
games to capture their 27th World 
Series Championship. I guess that 
$200 million payroll was bound 
to work sooner or later. Alex Ro- 
driguez has to feel like the weight 
of the world has been lifted off his 

The biggest news of the offseason 
was the groundbreaking trade that 
sent Cy Young winners Roy Halla- 
day to the Phillies and Cliff Lee to 
the Mariners. Halladay, who had 
spent the past 12 seasons in Toron- 
to, should benefit immensely in his 
move to the National League, while 
Lee will help form the most lethal 
pitching combo in the majors with 
Felix Hernandez. 

The other huge news of the off- 
season was the Minnesota Twins 
catcher Joe Mauer agreeing to an 
eight-year, $184 million contract 
extension that should keep the St. 
Paul native in Minnesota for the 
majority of his career. 

It's definitely refreshing to see 
that the lure of free agency and an 
even bigger contract did not matter 
as much as the comfort of remain- 
ing home in front of family and 

So how will all this affect the up- 
coming season? As always, no one 
really knows. 

The AL East should be the tough- 
est division in baseball again. The 
Yankees, by virtue of having the 
highest payroll in baseball, are 
stocked at almost all positions and 
solidified their lineup by trading 
for centerfielder Curtis Grand- 
erson. But in comparison, that 
amounted to a very quiet offseason 
for the perennial big spenders. 

As always, the rival Boston Red 
Sox should provide the biggest 
threat to the Yankees. The Red Sox 
added underrated pitcher John 
Lackey to their staff, but did lose 
outfielder Jason Bay. 

The race in the AL Central 
should be wide open. You can usu- 
ally count on the Twins to be right 
there at the end of the season, and 
now they won't have to deal with 
the possibility of Mauer leaving af- 
ter the season. 

The Detroit Tigers and Chicago 
White Sox may pose threats, but 
their inconsistencies are a little 
alarming. Plus, the Twins have two 
of the past four AL MVPs in Mauer 
and first basemen Justin Morneau. 

For the first time in what seems 
like forever, the Angels appear to 
be in danger of losing their place 
atop the AL West. The Mariners 
now look like legitimate contend- 
ers with the addition of Lee, Chone 
Figgins and Milton Bradley. But 
don't count out the Angels, who 
still have one of the best managers 
in the game in Mike Scioscia. 

In typical fashion, the National 
League doesn't appear to be as 
strong as their AL counterparts. 
The most likely challenger to that 
stigma should be the NL Cham- 
pion Phillies, who now boast Hal- 
laday along with the most potent 
lineup in the league. 

Their challengers in the NL East 
figure to be the Atlanta Braves and 
New York Mets. This is the last sea- 
son in the brilliant career of Braves 

manager Bobby Cox, and his team 
will try to send him off the right 
way. The Mets added Bay to their 
lineup and hope to avoid the injury 
bug that plagued them last year. 

The NL Central should be all 
about three-time NL MVP Albert 
Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals. 
The best player in baseball will 
again be flanked by Matt Holliday 
and supported by the pitching duo 
of Adam Wainwright and Chris 

The Chicago Cubs will try to 
end their championship drought, 
which has amazingly spanned 102 
years. I can't see that happening 
anytime soon. And the Pittsburgh 
Pirates will attempt to end an ugly 
streak of futility of their own, as 
they have now gone 17 seasons 
without a winning record. Yikes! 

The Dodgers may have a tough 
battle on their hands to retain con- 
trol of the NL West. Owner Frank 
McCourt is in the middle of an 
ugly divorce from his estranged 
wife, Jamie, and because of this, 
little was done to improve the club 
over the offseason. 

The Dodgers have a solid core 
of young players, but questionable 
starting pitching may come back to 
haunt them. The only team that has 
no realistic shot is San Diego. Sorry 
to burst that bubble. 

As much as I hate to say it, the 
Yankees are the team to beat head- 
ing into the 2010 season. Now that 
they have figured out the winning 
formula they should be even more 
difficult to beat. But watch out for 
those Mariners. Maybe the NL 
could actually even win the All- 
Star Game this year! 
Anything could happen. 

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Photo by Kevin Baxter - Sports Information 

Serving Up Victories: Junior Andrew Giuffrida has yet to lose a singles match since transferring to CLU and is ranked No. 2 in the west region. 

[TENNIS, from Page 1 ] 
Jordan Culpepper and Ray Wor- 
ley topped off the doubles com- 
petition with an 8-3 victory 
against Santa Cruz's No. 3 team 
and left the Kingsmen in need of 
only two more wins to seal the 

"Even though we swept the 
doubles, there is always a chance 
the match could go the other 
way. Luckily our one and two 
singles players came through," 
Gennette said. 

Giuffrida, who is ranked No. 2 

in the west region, knocked off 
Pybas, ranked third in the re- 
gion at No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-2, and 
Worley locked up a victory when 
he outdueled the No. 6 player in 
the region, Vartabedian, 6-3, 6-4. 

Santa Cruz went on to claim 
the last four singles matches, but 
the outcome of the match had 
already been settled, the No. 10 
Kingsmen pulled off an upset of 
the No. 1 team in the nation on 
their own courts. 

"We were really happy to sweep 
the doubles. Thankfully we won 

the match early. Even though the 
score was 5-4, it wasn't as close 
as it seems because we'd already 
won after the top singles matches 
were over," Gennette said. "We 
wish we could've taken one more 
match to make the win look more 
convincing, though." 

The following day, Cal Luther- 
an turned away No. 26 Whitman 
College (Wash.) 9-0 for their 
12th straight victory, ending 
Whitman's 13-match winning 
streak at the same time. Whit- 
man was able to make three of 

the singles matches close, forcing 
three sets at No. 1, 3 and 4 but 
didn't come away with a win as 
they fell to 14-2. 

At the Poulson Tennis Cen- 
ter on Thursday afternoon, the 
Kingsmen defeated No. 21 Salis- 
bury (Md.) University 9-0. CLU 
also finished up their home stand 
unbeaten in eight straight match- 

Last year the Seagulls handed 
the Kingsmen a 5-4 loss when 
they visited but the Kingsmen re- 
turned the favor this year with a 

convincing win of their own. The 
day started out with CLU win- 
ning all three doubles pairings. 

Giuffrida and Ballou won a 
doubles match over the nations 
No. 11 ranked pairing for Salis- 
bury University. However, the 
most dominant win in doubles 
play for the Kingsmen came 
from Karsant and Lasilla with in- 
dividual straight set wins. 

"Doubles are our strength this 
year," Lasilla said. "We always 
perform well in doubles play, 
but when we combine that with 
good singles play, we are tough 
to beat." 

In singles play this season 
CLU is 62-10 with a .861 win- 
ning percentage and has been a 
dominating force all season long. 
Singles play on Thursday was led 
by Worley who had straight set 
wins. Worley had bounced back 
after receiving his first collegiate 
loss of his career earlier in the 

With last week's wins, the 
Kingsmen are looking at a pos- 
sible first place finish in SCIAC 
which would mark the first 
time the men's tennis team has 
achieved that since they joined 
the league in 1992. The No. 10 
Cal Lutheran Kingsmen played 
yesterday against Trinity and re- 
turn to SCIAC play on April 2 at 
the Poulson Tennis Center. 

With the win over Santa Cruz, 
Cal Lutheran has indirect wins 
over every team ranked in the 
top five, save for Middlebury 
(Vt.) via Amherst's victory over 
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ac- 
cording to Gennette. 

"A National Championship has 
definitely crossed our minds at 
this point in the season," Lasilla 
said. "We still have to get through 
SCIAC and regionals, but we 
have the focus to keep it going ali 
the way." 

Kingsmen end home slump with back-to-back wins 

After 1 -6 home 
start, their bats 
finally catch fire 


ndrew Adams 
Staff Writer 

The Kingsmen slugged their 
way to a sweep at "Sparky" An- 
derson Field on Saturday, de- 
feating Ithaca 14-6 and Puget 
Sound by a score of 12-4. 

The sweep came a day after 
the Kingsmen suffered a sweep 
of their own, falling in two 
slugfests to Rutgers-Newark by 
scores of 17-12 and 22-12. 

The offense got started early 
for both California Lutheran 
University and Ithaca in the first 
game Saturday as the Bombers' 
John Krakower and the Kings- 
men's Chris Hertz led off the 
first inning with home runs. The 
home run was the start of a big 
day for Hertz who went 5-6 with 
five RBI in the game and hit a 
scorching .650 over the course 
of the weekend. 

"Our offense got hot this week- 
end and we were able to ride it 
to big wins today," coach Marty 

Slimak said. 

The Kingsmen were able to 
take advantage of a two-out er- 
ror by Ithaca shortstop David 
Ahonen in the second inning 
and add four runs to their to- 
tal, the final two coming on an 
opposite-field double by Hertz. 

After giving up 39 runs in two 
games to Rutgers-Newark, se- 
nior Robbie Selden turned in a 
quality start, allowing four runs 
over six innings while striking 
out four. The win by Selden was 
his fifth in seven starts this sea- 

The Kingsmen bats responded 
again in the second game against 
Puget Sound, scoring all 12 of 
their runs over the first three 
innings. Hertz highlighted the 
rallies by coming up with a two- 
run single in the third inning. 

Pitching was a strength again 
for the Kingsmen as starter Greg 
Gelber allowed four runs over 
six innings while striking out 

Junior Ian Durham thwarted 
a potential Logger comeback by 
striking out Matt Cox on three 
pitches with the bases loaded 
to end the eighth inning. Dur- 
ham would go on to strike out 

the next three batters in order to 
end the game. 

"I just tried to come in and 
throw strikes, and I was able to 
accomplish that," Durham said. 

The Kingsmen bats weren't 
able to overcome large deficits 
on Friday as the team dropped a 
double-header to Rutgers-New- 
ark. The 22 runs given up in the 
second game were the most al- 
lowed by a Kingsmen team since 
a 22-2 loss at Pomona-Pitzer 
in 2001. The total was also the 
highest by an opposing team at 
home since California Lutheran 
joined the Division III in 1992. 

Michael Cassese paced the 
Rutgers-Newark offense in the 
first game with three home runs 
and eight RBI. 

The Kingsmen staged a late 
rally with an eight-run sixth 
inning, however, they couldn't 
complete the comeback. Senior 
Matt Martin led the Kingsmen 
with a home run and a double as 
a part of a four-hit day. 

The second game of the dou- 
bleheader featured eight home 
runs and marked the first time 
the Kingsmen had given up four 
or more home runs in a game 
since 2005. Martin, Paul Hart- 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan • Staff Photographer 
Sliding In: Chris Hertz was 5-6, with 5 RBI against Ithaca College (N. Y.). 

mann, Brandyn Delgado and 
Tom Hocutt all homered for the 

Patrick Reitemeyer highlighted 
a seven-run second inning for 
the Scarlet Raiders with a grand 
slam, which accounted for four 
of his game-high seven RBI. 

The Kingsmen (14-9, 7-5) will 
next take the field on March 
26 to start a three-game series 
against La Verne {13-8, 7-5). 

Cal Lutheran is tied for third 
place in SCIAC with La Verne, 

and each team is 7-3 in their last 
10 games. 

On deck 

Cal Lutheran 

at La Verne 
Ben Hines Field 
Friday 3 p.m. 

rally held in 
response to 
recent events 

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Student work 
on display 

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Tennis drops 
its first 
match of the 

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Vol. 55 Number 8 

health care bill 
becomes law 

Extends coverage to 32 
million Americans; 
Students allowed to stay 
on parents' insurance 

Jenny Guy 
Staff Writer 

On March 21, the United States Senate, 
and subsequently the House of Represen- 
tatives, passed the most prominent health 
care reform bill in American history, stir- 
ring up controversy and leaving many, in- 
cluding students, to wonder how this new 
bill will affect them. 

The American College Health Associa- 
tion (ACHA), a principle advocacy orga- 
nization for college and university health, 
recently released an update on its Web site 
ensuring that the interests of students were 
not left out of the bill. 

"The advocacy efforts of ACHA and its 
partners have resulted in language in the 
bill that will preserve the ability of our col- 
leges and universities to continue to pro- 
vide our students with access to quality 
university sponsored health plans that so 
many of our students rely upon," the re- 
lease said. 

Although students may not see an imme- 
diate change, since many aspects of the bill 
do not go into effect until 2014, the new bill 
does include reforms to the current health 
care system later this year. 

According to, the recent- 
ly passed bill is expected to help extend 
health care coverage to over 32 million 
people who are currently without insur- 
ance. The bill will add 16 million people 
to Medicaid, a government-funded health 
care program, subsidizing private cover- 
age for people who have low to moderate 

Under this new bill, many employers will 
be required to provide health coverage to 
their employees or face penalties. 

Additionally, health insurance compa- 
nies will now be prevented from denying 
coverage to individuals with preexisting 
conditions, such as asthma or diabetes, 
and will no longer be able to cancel cover- 
age if an individual suddenly becomes ill. 

Kerri Lauchner, director of Health Ser- 
vices at California Lutheran University, 
explains that the most relevant change to 
health care, for students, is their new abil- 
ity to remain on their parents' or guard- 
ians' insurance until the age of 26. 

This aspect of the Patient Protection and 
Affordable Heathcare Act goes into effect 
September 2010. 

[See HEALTH CARE, Page 3] 

the Echo 

The fate of 
the industry 
lives in the 
digital age 

Jakie Rodriguez 
Staff Writer 

"What is black and white and com- 
pletely over? It's newspapers," Jon 
Stewart host of Comedy Central's Daily 
Show, once said. 

The decline of newspapers has been in 
the making for many years. Declining sub- 
scriptions, reduced advertising revenue and 
the Internet have threatened the survival of 

While the internet has failed to aide the devel- 
opment of newspapers, "the industry was its own greatest en- 
emy," said previous advisor to the Echo and current publisher 
and editor of the Hueneme News, Loran Lewis. 

Toward the end of the 20th century, newspapers focused more 
on increasing profits and reducing expenses rather than focus- 
ing on what the consumer wanted. 

In addition, larger newspaper chains bought out local newspa- 
pers and restricted local news access. 

"In general, [newspapers] got fat and cocky," Lewis said. 

However, not all of the blame for the decline in newspaper suc- 
cess can be attributed to the papers themselves. 

The fear of the Internet itself has proved to be a problem for the 
newspaper industry. 

"The industry was so paranoid that the Internet would 'drink 
its milkshake* that it rushed online without a proper strategy," 
Lewis said. 

By rushing content online, the newspaper industry lost rev- 
enue from classified advertising. 

In order to survive, online newspapers will have to start charg- 
ing a fee or subscription use. 

"If newspapers don't stop giving [the content] away for free, 
they are going to cease to exist because they will have no revenue 
source," said Dr. Steve Ames, former advisor to the Echo. 

While most newspapers have yet to start charging for online 
use, the Wall Street Journal is one of the first newspapers to 

charge tor their online content. 

On the Wall Street Journal's Web site, viewers can read a few 
paragraphs of content but must be a subscriber in order to view 
the full story. 

Newspapers that have not yet begun to charge for online con- 
tent have developed some other ways of cutting costs in order to 
increase revenues. 

"[Some papers have begun to] save money on color by having 
more black and white photos and by reducing the number of 
pages and employees," Ames said. 

The employees that are currently being let go are those that 
have been working in the newspaper business for years. 

"Newspapers are cutting back on the old-timers with bigger 
salaries and little multimedia experience," Lewis said. 

However, despite the poor conditions newspapers are cur- 
rently facing, some believe that they will be able to recover and 
continue to survive for years to come. 

"Radios, movies and newspapers were all significantly changed 
but survived when television came along in the 50s," Lewis said. 
"There is no reason to think newspapers can't survive as long as 
they evolve and find a way to maintain reader interest." 

While charging for online subscriptions is one way to compete 
against the Internet, using new technology is another. 

The Wall Street Journal has decided to use the Apple iPad as 

a form of revenue by charging $17.99 a month for access on the 

[See NEWSPAPERS, Page 3] 

CLU hosts forum for sheriff candidates 

Gannon Smith 
Staff Writer 

A standing-room only crowd gathered 
last Wednesday night in CLU's Roth-Nel- 
son room as the two candidates for Ven- 
tura County sheriff talked about their ex- 
perience and plans if elected. 

The election for the Ventura County's top 
law enforcement position has not seen op- 
posing candidates in over 40 years. 

Chief Deputy Dennis Carpenter and 
Commander Geoff Dean, were invited by 
California Lutheran University to par- 
ticipate in the forum moderated by Robert 
Meadows, a CLU criminal justice profes- 

Dean gave his opening statement first, 
saying that he was 53 years old, he had six 
and a half years of chief deputy experience, 
three years of administrative experience 
and three years field operations experi- 
ence. He also spoke about his family and 
his college degrees. 

In his opening statement, Carpenter 
made reference to his experience in SWAT, 
the narcotics unit and the internal affairs 

The candidates were asked, "If elected 
how would you reunify your staff depart- 

Dean talked about his stance on not so- 

liciting support from employees because 
he believes that politics should be taken 
out of public safety. 

He also said, "within the first 90 days 
we will totally review the agency. I will sit 
together with management as a team and 
deliver services to the front line." 

Carpenter spoke of how in the past he 
has invited employees to his home and no 
matter what happens, he supports his em- 
ployees "then, now and in the future." 

The next question asked whether or not 
the candidates believed that college gradu- 
ates performed equally or better than their 
uneducated counterparts. 

[See SHERIFF, Page 3] 

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April 14,2010 



Hate crime update 

While no one has been charged 
and no suspects identified in last 
month's hate crime, the incidents 
are still under investigation by 
the Ventura County Sheriff's De- 

Students who have any infor- 
mation regarding these incidents 
can report it to California Lu- 
theran University Public Safety 
at (805) 493-3208 or the Ventura 
County Sheriff's Department. 

California Lutheran University 
has also set up a Campus Con- 
duct Hotline that offers a 24/7 
confidential and anonymous way 
to report activity or behavior on 
campus that is harmful, unethi- 
cal, questionable, or causes in- 
jury. This outsourced service is 
at (866) 943-5787. 

the Echo will have continuing 
coverage in the April 14 edition. 

ASCLUG elections end 

ASCLUG general elections for 
2010-2011 Programs Board and 
Senate representatives end today, 
Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m. 

ASCLUG will host a table at the 
flag poll where students can vote 
or students can vote on their my- 
CLU portal. 

Election results will be posted 
on the ASCLUG office door in 
the Student Union Building after 
the results have be calculated. 

Work for the Echo 

Staff applications are out for the 
2010-2011 the Echo editing staff. 
Section editor positions include 
news, features, opinion and 
sports. Other positions include 
copy editor, photo editor, busi- 
ness/ad manager and web editor. 

Applications are available from 
Margaret Nolan who can be con- 
tacted via e-mail at mnolan@cal- 

Applications are due next Mon- 
day, April 19 in the Echo office, 
3256 Luther St. 

Candidates discuss important issues at forum 

[SHERIFF, from Page 1] 

Carpenter answered saying that 
an educational background is 
very helpful and prepares officers 
for other parts of the job such as 
presenting to schools. 

Dean's answer was much the 
same, but he stressed the idea of 
common sense. 

"A formal education shows 
a person's ability to finish and 
serves to enhance their ability," 
Dean said. 

When Carpenter was asked 
what programs are working cur- 
rently, he flipped through his 
notes, asked for the question to 


be repeated, then ultimately de- 
cided to pass on answering the 

Dean started out his answer by 
saying that he believed in com- 
munity oriented policing. 

"We need to instill this idea and 

culture into every officer, so that 
they fix problems instead of just 
responding and documenting," 
Dean said. "We can reduce our 
man power by using technology." 

The forum asked questions on 
immigration, equal working con- 
ditions for women and the release 
of prisoners from jail. 

When asked if they supported 
the legalization of marijuana 
both candidates thought it was a 
bad idea. 

Both men pointed out that law 
enforcement would not be able to 
regulate and control the growth 
and sale of marijuana with the 

current proposal. 

Carpenter called it a gateway 
drug and Dean went on to say 
that even the medicinal mari- 
juana regulations are not being 

In their closing statements, Car- 
penter pulled out that he is being 
supported by the current sheriff 
of Ventura County, Bob Brooks, 
and he has had an unblemished 
record for 37 years of service. 

Dean said that he was support- 
ed by over 60 active and former 
elected officials and that he was 
excited to see such a large turn 
out to the forum. 

Loan program to make education more affordable 


lyssa Harris 
Staff Writer 

On Jan. 28, President Barack 
Obama signed into law a student 
loan program that would allow 
students to pay less for their loans. 

Obama's student loan program 
emphasizes providing financial 
relief to students for the present 
instead of the future. 

The new program is designed to 
decrease student's monthly pay- 
ments after they graduate, to en- 
sure that they are able to flourish 
in their careers without fearing 

According to, "Un- 
der the traditional 10-year plan, 
a borrower who graduated with 
$25,000 in student loan debt and 
whose income is $30,000 a year 
would pay $288 a month at an in- 
terest rate of 6.8 percent. 

Now, a student could opt for 
payments of $172 a month spread 
over a longer time. 

College students are ecstatic 
about Obama's student loan pro- 
gram, but taxpayers will not be. 

The new program will allow 
lower out-of-pocket payments 
for students but a rise in the pay- 

ments of taxpayers. The reason 
being because the money has to 
come from somewhere, and if 
students aren't paying for it at the 
time, taxpayers will have to pay 
for the difference until the money 
is paid back. 

"President Obama's new student 
loan program will help students 
because it makes it easier for them 
to pay for their college tuition and 
to be able to obtain loans," said 
junior Christian Edwards, a busi- 
ness major at California Lutheran 
University. "This will allow stu- 
dents to go to the college of their 
choice and get the education they 

According to College Board, 
the average published tuition of 
a 4-year, in-state public college is 
$7,020, and the average grant and 
tax benefit per student is $5,400. 

That means on average, students 
pay 23 cents of each dollar going 
toward college tuition. 

By increasing Pell grants, short- 
ening the debt forgiveness period 
and lowering the cap on pay- 
ments, the student loan reform 
legislation will further decrease 
the out-of-pocket costs of a col- 
lege education. 

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These statistics show that short- 
term effects of Obama's student 
loan program will have great suc- 
cess among American students. 

At what price is this short term 
success coming at? 

This is a question that many tax- 
payers are asking in hope that our 

government will come up with 
another program that will not ef- 
fect them negatively. 

"If they are lowering the cost, 
it will increase student demand, 
said Bill Watkins, executive di- 
rector for the Center for Econom- 
ic Research and Forecasting." 

CERF gives first state 
economic forecast 


enrik Gjertsen 
Staff Writer 

CLU's Center for Economic Re- 
search and Forecasting (CERF) 
presented their first California 
Financial Forecast on Wednes- 
day, March 31, in the Lundring 
Events Center. 

The United States economy is 
emerging from its worst reces- 
sion in decades. The CERF team 
led by Executive Director Bill 
Watkins, Robert Jacobs of Winds 
of Change Group and Tim Gal- 
lagher, president of Gallagher 
20/20 Consulting presented their 
opinions and addressed other is- 
sues about the recovering econ- 

There were about 150 people 
who attended the one-day con- 
ference, which focused primar- 
ily on the economic situation in 
Ventura County after the 2008 
economic collapse. 

After its worst recession in 
many decades the United States 

looks to emerge and face chal- 
lenges that will impact the state's 
businesses, workers and con- 
sumers for years to come. 

There were also discussions 
about how local politics affect 
the economic stability in the re- 

The forecast provided by CERF 
is their prediction on how the 
economy is going to survive. 

"The process with business is 
very simple. Business goes good 
when the economy is up, and 
goes bad when the economy is 
down," said Kirk M. Lesh, senior 
economist at California Luther- 
an University. "The challenge is 
how to manage your business 
when there are difficult econom- 
ic times, how to adapt to the con- 
stant changes in business." 

According to Lesh, it is events 
like this that provide students 
with internship opportunities 
and it lets them interact with 
people who have worked in the 
business for years. 

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NEWS - Page 3 

Photo by Doug Barnett - Photo Editor 

Exchange: Jian Wu President o/Zhejiang University discusses study abroad opportunities for CLU students. 

Visitors promote student exchange 


rooke Hall 
Copy Editor 

CLU hosted a luncheon and a 
reception in order to unite mem- 
bers of the CLU community and 
visitors from Zhejiang University 
City College, located in China, on 
Monday, April 12. 

The schools met in order to dis- 
cuss student exchange programs. 

"Xu [Cuiying, consul for Educa- 
tion in Los Angeles] arranged a 
meeting between ZUCC and CLU 

so we could discuss opportunities 
for students to study abroad," said 
Joan Griffin, dean of Arts and Sci- 
ences at California Lutheran Uni- 

CLU is not the only school that 
ZUCC has visited in the U.S. in 
order to discuss and promote 
study abroad opportunities. 

"We are in the U.S. for an eight 
day visit," said Jian Wu, president 
of ZUCC. "We are at [CLU] for just 
today and then we visit schools for 
two more days in California be- 

fore we go back to China." 

Students who are considering 
studying abroad in China attend- 
ed the event. 

"The thought of studying in 
China has crossed my mind. I'm 
an exercise science major, though, 
so I would have to see if I could 
take classes [in my major] there," 
Freshman Tiffany Failing said. 

The schools hope that the meet- 
ing today will help to establish a 
way for students to broaden their 
study abroad options. 

Roll over possible for Senate and Programs Board 


reanna Woodhouse 
Staff Writer 

Next spring, ASCLUG might 
have a slightly higher budget due 
to an increase roll over amount 
from this year's student fees. 

The student fees are distributed 
to various programs including 
Executive Cabinet, student orga- 
nizations and publications, Stu- 
dent Life, Senate Programs Board, 
multicultural programs and the 
community service center. 

"[Programs Board] representa- 
tives take the total budget and 
break it down for each event that 
we are planning for the next year," 

Programs Board Director Ryan 
Strand said. 

Unlike Programs Board, "[Sen- 
ate] never plans a budget because 
they have to pay as they go," Sen- 
ate Director Beth Peters Berry 

Last fall during the homecoming 
carnival, the company didn't ful- 
fill their contract. Because of this, 
Programs Board got their money 

Senate is also looking to spend 
most of the money they have left 
on different projects including 
new bike racks. 

"Unfortunately, Mark Jacobsen 
who could grant the approval for 

the bike racks had surgery. Life 
happens. It is unexpected stuff 
like this that can change the bud- 
get," Peters Berry said. 

"Every year, it is not the goal of 
either board to drain the entire 
budget. We try to leave an amount 
in roll over for next year's AS- 
CLUG in order to have a safety net 
in case our budgeting goes over," 
Strand said. "Other reasons for 
excess general funds stem from 
events that remain under budget. 
Any budgeted money not spent 
for an event goes straight back 
into general funds." 

On May 1, 2010, any excess mon- 
ey from the budget will roll over. 

New journalists must 
be multi-talented 

[NEWSPAPERS, from Page 1] 
iPad itself. 

The $18 monthly subscription 
on the iPad is $8 more than a 
print subscription and about $6 
more than the current subscrip- 
tion cost to both print and online, reported. 

"[Newspapers are] encourag- 
ing people to read the paper on 
the iPad due to its enlarged and 
paper-like size," Ames said. 

If more newspapers continue to 
follow in the footsteps of the Wall 
Street Journal, there will be less 
free content on the Web and thus 
could lead to more online sub- 

"Much of that free content will 
disappear if Web sites no longer 
have newspapers to steal from," 
Lewis said. 

However, most newspapers still 
fail to recognize the severity of 
the problem they are currently 
facing and the problem with free 
online content. 

"Very few newspapers have real- 
ized it was OK to give away free 
content for just awhile," Ames 

While the future for newspa- 
pers still remains unclear, most 
individuals agree that students 
seeking to become journalists 
for newspapers will be required 

to know and do more than ever 

"Tomorrow's reporters should 
learn basic multimedia skills such 
as video and audio editing and 
Web design," Lewis said. 

In addition to the multimedia 
skills, future journalists should 
also be familiar and comfortable 
with grammar and writing tech- 

"It is important to learn the 
language skills, the mechanics 
of writing and editing, grammar, 
spelling, punctuation, organiza- 
tion and syntax," Ames said. 

In addition to the amount of 
information future journalists 
should know, the current decline 
of newspapers has some students 

"I think that it will be harder to 
become a newspaper journalist 
because there is less or will be less 
newspapers in the future," junior 
and communication major Mari 
Escamilla said. 

Despite the current problems 
the newspaper industry is facing, 
the fact remains that there will al- 
ways be a need for news whether 
online or in print. 

"Newspapers are in danger, but 
they are going to be around in 
their current form for longer than 
people think," Lewis said. 

Number of newspaper subscriptions 


^61, 229,000 


2000 2005 2008 

Students have mixed feelings over new health care bill 

[HEALTH CARE, from Page 1] 

Currently, most insurance pro- 
viders drop these young adults 
off their guardians' insurance 
plans once they turn 19 or gradu- 
ate from college. 

"This should help the students 
who would otherwise lose their 
coverage after they graduate 
and who don't have employer- 
provided medical insurance yet," 
Lauchner said. 

Lauchner explained that many 
CLU students rely solely on the 
university's insurance, United- 
Healthcare, and will not see a 
change in their health coverage 
until after they graduate. 

Individuals who are not work- 
ing and are no longer on their 
parents' insurance, but are still 
under the age of 26, can be rein- 
stated on their parents' insurance 

The health care bill is expected 
to cost approximately $938 bil- 
lion over the next 10 years. 

However, the measure will re- 
duce the deficit by $143 billion 
during this decade, according to 
the Congressional Budget Office 

The CBO states that the reduc- 
tion in the deficit is achievable 
due to newly created taxes on 
households with a combined in- 
come of $250,000 or individuals 
that earn over $200,00 and Medi- 
care savings. 

In the wake of this reform, the 
politics of U.S. health care has 
become a hot- button issue. 

"It is a very mediocre bill, but at 
least it is something," sophomore 
Evan Sandlin said. "The public 
is still not able to purchase safe 
imported drugs, and medicare 
cannot negotiate with pharma- 

ceutical companies for lower 
prices. Both of these things were 
on Obama's campaign Web site 
but he turned his back on them 
the moment he started writing 
the bill. It is a good but very small 
step, but much more needs to be 
done. " 

Other students, like sophomore 
Michael Rodriguez, firmly disap- 

"My main problem with the 
new health care bill is that the 
costs to implement these reforms 
will be born on the backs of our 
children and grandchildren," 
she said. "I am opposed to the 
federal government getting big- 
ger and more powerful. This bill, 
I feel, was a way of showing the 
American people that the gov- 
ernment can and will do what- 
ever it wants." 

Lauchner, voicing her opinion 

Health care reform in California 

• 36.8 million residents of California will 

V benefit from the reform 
• 7.3 million residents who do not 
currently have insurance can now get 
• 3.8 million residents could qualify for 
premium tax credits to help them pur- 
chase health coverage 
• 4.5 million seniors would receive free 
preventive services 
392,000 small businesses could be helped by a small business 
tax credit to make premiums more affordable. 


as a health care provider, said, 
"While this bill is very expensive, 
I feel that having more Americans 
covered by medical insurance is 
a positive step. I have treated too 
many patients in my career who 
had to decide between taking im- 

portant medications and putting 
food on their table. I do not feel 
that medical care should only be 
for those who can afford it." 

More information on the new 
health care bill can be found at 

the Echo 

April 14, 2010 





• University Chapel - Yom HaShoah, 
Rabbi Gershon Weissman: "Planted in 

10:10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

Q> • Common Ground: Caitlyn Melio and 
Erin Boettcher 

9:11 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

• Compact for a Sustainable Ventura 

6 p.m. Lundring Events Center 

* EZ • "Generations" 
Q- 8 p.m. Black Box Studio 

• Urban Exchange: "Gangs" 

7 a.m. SUB 

• "Generations" 

8 p.m. Black Box Studio 

■ • CLUFest 2010 

Kwan Fong Gallery 




• Scandinavian Festival 
Kingsmen Park 

• "Generations" 

8 p.m. Black Box Studio 
" . CLUFest 2010 

Kwan Fong Gallery 

• Scandinavian Festival 

Kingsmen Park 

• Bon Voyage Concert 

2 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

. Earth Week Kick Off 

5 p.m. Overton Hall 

• "The Garden" Documentary 

7:30 p.m. Lundring Events Center 


. CLUFest 2010 

Kwan Fong Gallery 




Next Week: 

. CLU Career Expo 2010 

10 a.m. Flagpole 

' • CLUFest 2010 

Kwan Fong Gallery 

• "Generations" 

• Random Acts of Kindness Week 

• The Need: El Salvador Emersion 

• Eighth Annual New Music Concert 

• Honors Convocation 

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Page 5 


Weak economy, sparse job opportunities have seniors sweating 

As graduation 
nears, seniors are 
forced to answer: 
'what's next?' 


ourtney Minton 
Staff Writer 


essa Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

The million dollar question 
for seniors is "what are you do- 
ing after graduation?" 

Ask any senior at CLU and 
most would likely say gradu- 
ation can cause excitement in 
turning over a new leaf, an- 
ticipation of new challenges or 
anxiety about the uncertainties 
that await. 

However, behind all this thrill 
and hype are young adults with 
real, diverse circumstances and 

A survey was conducted on 
Facebook over spring break by 
the Echo to determine graduat- 
ing seniors' plans after com- 

Like the 39 percent of Califor- 
nia Lutheran University seniors 
in this recent survey, history 
major Brian Beeler is planning 
to attend graduate school. He 
aspires to earn teaching creden- 
tials to teach history at the ju- 
nior high or high school level. 

Although Beeler's financial 

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of graduate 
school for his 
future career 
as it would in- 
volve many 
hours of super- 
•vised student 
teaching in real classrooms. 

Beeler belongs to the 78 per- 
cent of students who said that 
they are able to obtain financial 
support from their family. 

"I've already borrowed money 
from [my family] this semester. 
My dad made it a point so I don't 
have to work during the school 
year. He wants me to focus on 
my education," Beeler said. 

Beeler expresses concern 
about the "iffy" economy and 
the fact that things aren't "look- 
ing good for teachers." Never- 
theless, he remains optimistic 
about the future of his career. 

"You can get by pretty good as 
a teacher depending on where 
you go. You're not going to get 
rich but you're not going to get 
broke either," he said. 

Beeler's dream is to become a 
history professor and water polo 
coach and to reside in Colorado 
because he loves the mountains 
and outdoor activities. Howev- 

How much money do you have 

saved to support yourself after 



Do you feel CLU has prepared 
you for the future? 

■ Not at all 

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Very well 

er, in a year's time, he plans to 
live at home to save up and start 
paying off his loans. 

Technical theater major Bri 
Patillo is moving home after 
graduating from CLU in May. 
As a free-lance scenic and light- 
ing designer, she feels reason to 
be worried about the instability 
of her employment status. 

"It seems to me that people 
aren't getting jobs. It's all the 
more uncertain for me because 
I don't know when I'm going to 
get paid next," she said. 

Patillo receives partial finan- 
cial support from her parents, 
who pay for her phone bills and 

Thirty-seven percent of se- 
niors surveyed have well over 
$2,000 in their savings accounts, 
Patillo included. However, as an 
individual with many medical 
conditions, health care is her 
greatest concern. 

Initially, Patillo planned to 
take classes at a local communi- 
ty college so she could maintain 
her student status and stay on 
her parents' health insurance. 
However, the recently passed 
health care bill could mean that 
she would be covered until the 
age of 26 without having to stay 
in school. 

Patillo has accumulated a 
lot of professional experience 
through working gigs since her 
junior year, which makes her 
competitive in the job market. 
However, she is dissatisfied with 
the lack of proper training she 
receives from CLU as an aca- 
demic institution. 

"At one point I was the only 
technical theater major," Patillo 
said. "I took four independent 
studies just to get advanced de- 
sign classes because they don't 
have an advanced class. I have 
to read books to teach myself." 

Communication major Cara 
Suarez is in the same boat with 
33 percent of seniors in the 
survey for whom employment 
prospects open up early. 

She was offered a part-time 
position as an executive assis- 
tant at Advanced Solar Electric. 
After working there for five 
years, they decided that she de- 

served a full-time position after 

Suarez, realizing that the econ- 
omy is affecting the availability 
of jobs, is contemplating taking 
the position, even though it is 
not in the field that she intends 
to spend the rest of her career 

"I love the company, but it's 
not a place I would like to be 
at for the rest of my life," Su- 
arez said. "I would like to move 
out of Thousand Gaks and find 
another place to stay, but with 
what they are offering me it 
sounds pretty good." 

Teachers are expressing a con- 
cern for the graduates as well. 
English professor Dr. Penny 
Cefola feels that new graduates' 

lack of experience is what loses 
them job opportunities. 

She believes that CLU offers a 
solution to this dilemma. 

"CLU can prepare students for 
their profession by networking 
with local companies, and 
those throughout the country 
that provide opportunities for 
internships in their companies," 
Cefola said. 

Cefola says that team 
working abilities, interpersonal 
communications, commitment 
to the company's goal and a 
visionary outlook are necessary 
for recent graduates to be 
successful in the work force. 

A recent Business Week 
article stated, "The National 
Association of Colleges and 

Employers (NACE) is reporting 
what appears to be a turnaround 
in the job market for new 
college graduates." 

"NACE's most recent survey 
of employers found one-third 
expected to increase college 
hiring in the first quarter 
of 2010, while 26.7 percent 
expected a decrease — the first 
time since August 2008 that 
the optimists outnumbered the 

According to Cefola, "Most 
companies would want to hire 
intelligent employees who 
can work independently and 
with minimal supervision and, 
most of all, who is teachable 
and trainable to achieve their 
highest potential." 

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April 14, 2010 

Annual CLUFest projects into the future 


aley de Vinney 
Staff Writer 

The future of art found a 
showcase at Cal Lutheran's 
annual multimedia event, 

On April 1 1, in the Kwan Fong 
Gallery, CLUFest celebrated 
the university's finest digital 
work created by students. 

The capstone class, taught by 
Tim Hengst, multimedia and 
art instructor and Barry Burns, 
Associate Professor of Multi- 
media and assistant to the Pres- 
ident, created an exhibit that 
displayed their artwork and the 
artwork of other CLU students. 

Hengst created CLUFest years 
ago for students. "I started it in 
2002, as a way for students to 
showcase their work," he said. 

It includes categories of art- 
work such as photography, 
digital illustration, 3D design, 

Photo by Robyn Poynter • Staff Photographer 

Action: Senior Ryan Capriccio interviews for a CLUFest demonstration. 

print design, graphic design, 
web design, digital sound and 
high definition video. 

Live demonstrations by the 
participating artists and in- 
structors, a wall of repeating 
slideshows, monitors showing 

short movies and music were 
also incorporated at the festi- 

While the class normally has 
15-20 students, this year there 
are only five students: seniors 
Ryan Capriccio, Mike Chris- 

The Fashion Plate: A Healthy Serving Each Week 

Celebrating a year of fashion talk 

stylish Miss Alexa Chung, the 
British model turned TV show 
host with her signature casual 
looks featuring boyfriend car- 
digans and shorts paired with 

Since that article, MTV may 
have canceled her show, but Alexa 
is still turning heads with her lat- 
est collaboration with Madewell 
clothing stores. Alexa Chung for 
Madewell embodies the spirit of 
her sense of style with dresses fea- 
turing Peter Pan collars, striped 
shirts, shorts and trousers paired 
with large belts. 

Such a collection would not be 
complete without shoes to ac- 
company it. Strappy boots with 
stacked heels and buttery lace-up 
brogues add to the Alexa aesthet- 
ic of casual cool. 

What are the other wonderful 
things about the collection? For 
starters, the price is right. Pieces 
in this laidback collection begin 
at $59, which is a good deal con- 
sidering that the clothes are made 
as classic investment pieces. The 

second thing is that even if you 
are hard up for cash, Alexa's col- 
lection isn't going to be released 
until this August in Madewell 
stores nationwide. This allows 
you plenty of time to save, spend 
on a cute frock and rock the look 
with pride all throughout the 
summer season. 

Love Haight 

I've been in love a few times, but 
those loves all pale in comparison 
to what happened during spring 
break when I met my destiny and 
spent an incredible six days with 
it. Six days where I was happy one 
day and furious the next, but still 
kept coming back for more and 
felt like I could finally breathe for 
the first time. 

It was true love with San Fran- 
cisco, that majestic city by the 

It seemed everywhere I turned 
there was music and laughter and 
life whipping by me in all direc- 
tions. I spent my time in Union 
Square where fate decided it was 
only natural for me to stay across 
the street from a clothing bou- 
tique and directly diagonal from 
a Banana Republic store. The 
boutique was called Shotwell, 
which specializes in trendy men's 
and women's clothing, featuring 
brands like Charlotte Ronson, 
Alex and Chloe and Brian Lich- 

While I loved strolling Union 

Square, visiting the Neiman Mar- 
cus showroom and Barneys New 
York, I'm really a consignment 
shop/thrift store junkie at heart 
and so I left the area for Haight 
and Ashbury streets where I 
found just the kind of "Ambi- 
ance" I was looking for. 

Ambiance is a two-story bou- 
tique with mounds of lovely 
dresses, shoes, tops, bottoms and 
accessories. The sales racks are 
loaded down with goodies with 
everything from XOXO to French 
Connection and the staff is very 
good about letting you try on 
outfits and assisting with putting 
these outfits together. There also 
happen to be plates filled with 
gold and silver rings shaped like 
roses and bows by the counter. 

Wandering down Haight finds 
even more goodies. That building 
with the fishnet clad legs sticking 
out of the window? None other 
than the Piedmont Boutique, 
where all of your feather boa, 
cigarette holder and costuming 
needs are satisfied. 

Buffalo Exchange is another 
treasure trove where you can find 
fantastic deals of all sorts for un- 
der $15 and sell your clothes, for 
cash or trade by selection from 
store representatives. 

Oh, that city. Stole my heart 
away. I guess it's safe to say I left 
my heart behind in San Francis- 
co. Though I can't remember in 
which store I left it. 

tensen, Eric Debruin, Chase 
Hamano and Erik Mathre. 

All five multimedia majors, 
were in charge of the concept 
for the exhibit, gathering and 
choosing the artwork and set- 
ting up the exhibit. 

They knew that they wanted 
to do something unique with 
the exhibit. 

"We had the concept of doing 
the projected show immedi- 
ately and it was just a matter of 
filling in the details, which was 
getting in something interac- 
tive, the demo reels, the video 
and how we were going to pres- 
ent the music," Capriccio said. 
Christensen had a soft spot 
for the project. 

"There are students who have 
worked really hard at perfect- 
ing their craft and we really 
want to show what they're able 
to do," he 
CC said. 

Having a As CLU 

digital arts grows in stu- 
event shows dents and 
the growth faculty it 
in also grows in 

technology" t e c h n o 1 o g i - 
cal advance- 
Ryan Capriccio ments and 
Senior CLUFest is 

an example. 
^^^__^ "I think 
having a digi- 
tal arts event where people 
from all over campus can sub- 
mit stuff is really something 
that is good because it shows 
the growth in technology," Ca- 
priccio said. 

"You don't have to be a multi- 
media student to submit great 
digital artwork." 

The exhibit will continue to 
be open to the public through 
April 23. 




Just a semester in, 
freshman Cortney 
Jordan, makes her 
mark on swim team 

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the Olympic Games, the equal- 
ly competitive Paralympic 
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renowned Paralympics have 
inspired millions. 

Amidst the intense compe- 

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Margaret Nolan 

Matthew Kufeld 

Carly Robertson 

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April 14,2010 

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FEATURES - Page 7 

He Said, She Said: A little of him, a little of her 

He says aquarium formal is a fish flop 

Antoine Adams 

I spent my Saturday night doing 
nothing special. Although Spring 
Formal was at a nice location 
(Long Beach Aquarium) that was 
about the only thing worth men- 

First problem I had was the al- 
cohol policy. Now this wasn't my 
first Spring Formal, but it was the 
first time I have attended a school 
dance since turning 21. I was ex- 
cited to have this opportunity, but 
soon learned that I had restric- 

Students of drinking age were 
limited to three drinks or three 
tags marked on our wristbands. 
These tags also included any 
drinks we bought for friends. 

I don't know about everyone else 
there, but I was ready to spend a 
decent amount of cash on those 
expensive drinks to make the 
dance more enjoyable for myself. 
Three drinks of anything has not 
shown me a good time since the 
first time I had a sip of alcohol. 

Second problem I had was the 
dance was at the aquarium, but I 
didn't get to see the entire aquar- 

I got there around 7:30 p.m. 
Spring Formal started at 7 p.m. 
the aquarium was only open un- 
til 8:30 p.m. That would have left 
me plenty of time to scope out 
the fish, which would have been a 
better excuse to spend $50 on my 

Third problem I had was if you 
wanted to have a table and sit 
with your friends you would have 
to reserve one immediately. The 
food started coming out at 8 p.m., 
so you had to pick between eating 
and sitting with your friends or 
seeing fish. I didn't eat before I got 
there so I needed to choose food 
over fish. 

The time constraint left students 
feeling limited. I didn't even get to 
see the sharks. 

Fourth problem I had was the 
DJ was not very good. His song 
selection was mediocre at best. A 
dance can never be a great dance 
without a great DJ, so it wasn't a 
great dance. 

When leaving the aquarium, I 
walked past a nightclub and found 
myself dancing to those two songs 
more than I danced on the dance 
floor at Spring Formal. 

Now I've been to past spring 
formals hosted by CLU, and they 
were great. I've also been to a 
few outside of CLU that don't 
compare. Unfortunately, I know 
I won't be bragging to anybody 
about the last Spring Formal of 
my life. 

Alexandra Butler 

It is so unfair how minimal the 
"getting ready process" is for guys. 
However, my personal opinion is 
that the most fun happens before 
a dance or formal outing. 

A dance is an opportunity for 
a girl to be glamorous for a few 
hours. After attending many for- 
mals in my life, I have a few sur- 
vival tips to keep you looking 
glamorous for the night. 

Since you are going to be danc- 
ing and, more than likely, sweat- 
ing, lightly hairspray your face. 
Hold the can far away from your 
face and do not spray too hard. 
This will keep your make-up from 
running. It sounds crazy but it 

Second, always pack a pair of 
flip flops that match your dress. 
The honest truth is that heels look 
great in pictures, but can really 
take a toll by the end of the night. 

Third, to take a fabulous picture, 
look away until the picture is just 
about to be taken. This will help 
the picture look less posed and 
more natural. 

Fourth, just dance. 

This year's spring formal was at 
the Long Beach Aquarium, and 

the location could not have been 

The dance area was set up in the 
main lobby and the exhibits were 
really interesting. It's not every- 
day that a person can eat dinner 
in a fancy dress under a big blue 

I was really skeptical of the loca- 
tion at first. But, in the end it was a 
really unique experience. 

If I became tired of dancing, I 
could walk around and see all the 
fish tanks. 

It was also a very romantic area 
at night. Outside the aquarium 
was a harbor that lit up at night. 

After the events at last semester's 
Homecoming Dance, I was inter- 
ested to see how CLU was going to 
handle selling alcohol. 

At this dance everyone was given 
a wristband that had number tabs 
to keep track of how many drinks 
a person purchased. I thought 
this was a really good policy and 
compromise. This dance was ex- 
tremely different from Homecom- 
ing because people were more re- 
spectful and well behaved. I think 
people definitely redeemed them- 
selves from the last dance. 

As a senior, this was my last for- 
mal. My biggest regret is taking 
these events for granted. I wish I 
took the time to dance a little lon- 
ger, or take one more picture. 

My advice to all students is to 
cherish every moment. Go to 
dances, take chances and meet 
new people. The dances are ways 
to let loose and be with your 

I've been to dances with a date 
and single. I had a blast in both 
circumstances, so singles don't be 
shy! This year I had a date, and 
it was wonderful. I wish I could 
have frozen the moment of feeling 
young and reckless together. 

Out of all the dances, this loca- 
tion was my favorite. To all under 
classmen who think dances are 
a waste of money, the memories 
created at these events are price- 

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Strong strokes, stronger heart 

Photo by Doug Barnett - Photo Editor 

A Champion: After winning six silver medals at last year's Paralympics, 
freshman Cortney Jordan continues to shine on the CLU swim team. 

[STROKES, from Page 5] 
is our own freshmen Cal Lu- 
theran swimmer, Cortney Jor- 

"I've been swimming compet- 
itively since I was 7 years old. I 
compete in every event, but my 
strongest strokes are freestyle 
and backstroke. My favorite 
event is probably the 100 back- 
stroke though " Jordan said. 

On Nov. 29, 2009, the Inter- 
national Paralympic Commit- 
tee Short Course World Cham- 
pionships in Rio de Janeiro 
occurred, sparking a week of 
international competition. 

Jordan com- 
peted in ev- 
ery swimming 
event, and was 
victorious, win- 
ning six silver 
medals at this 
years' games. 

One might 

wonder what 
kind of training is able to pre- 
pare someone to be so success- 
ful at their event. 

"I practice at least eight times 
a week for two hours, go to the 
gym and lift weights at least 
twice a week, run once a day, 
and go to yoga and pilates. It's 
a lot of work, but I have fun do- 
ing it," Jordan said. 

This dedication was clearly 
demonstrated through her six 
silver medal win. 

In his first year at CLU, wom- 
en's swim coach Dodd is proud 
to be a part of Jordan's journey. 

"She is one of the hardest 
working, most focused athletes 
I have ever had the pleasure 
of coaching. I look forward to 
seeing her progress in the fu- 
ture and believe she has what it 
takes," Dodd said. 

Every practice Jordan comes 
out with the determination and 
mindset to be the best. 

The statement "you practice 
how you play" comes to mind 
when she pushes herself and 
competes - a drive that is few 
and far between. 

Fellow team mate Mikayla 
Avrea has the pleasure of swim- 
ming with Jor- 
dan this whole 

"Courtney is 
one of the hard- 
est workers on 
the team. I think 
it's a honor she 
chose to swim 
with us and it 
was great having her as a team- 
mate," Avrea. 

It is not only her fellow team 
mates and fans that cheer for 
her, the gesture is reciprocated. 
"She was also very supportive 
and cheered for everyone dur- 
ing their races," Avrea said. 

Every team hopes to experi- 
ence a member with this de- 
termination and support. 

For more information 

Q visit www.paralympi. 
org/Para ly mpic_ 
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CLU's most scholarly come together for annual festival 

Lauren Puopolo 
Staff Writer 

All topics are up for discussion 
at Cal Lutheran 2010 Festival of 

According to Michelle LeBlanc, 
PhD and director of the Office 
for Undergraduate Research, this 
has been the biggest Festival of 
Scholars with 250 applications 
submitted by students wanting to 

The event begins April 23 and 
will continue up to May 1. 

All sorts of topics will be show- 
cased by undergraduate students 
who have been working hard to 
do research beyond the usual 

classroom activities. 

This is only the fourth year that 
California Lutheran University 
has put on this scholarly student 
event but according to LeBlanc, a 
lot has improved. 

"We've really raised the level 
of professionalism. The event 
is run more like a professional 
conference with stricter guide- 
lines," LeBlanc said. "The level of 
involvement has also increased. 
Almost every single depart- 
ment is involved in the festival 
of scholars, and the number of 
students participating has almost 

She continued by discussing 
how positive it can be to put the 

Festival of Scholars on your re- 
sume and how it can also help 
prepare for graduate level pro- 

Dan Restuccio, professor of 
multimedia, describes his stu- 
dent's participation in the festival 
of scholars as a "unique chal- 

Since the first Festival of Schol- 
ars, Restuccio has challenged 
some of his advanced students 
to present the "24 project," which 
captures 24 hours of life activity 
within CLU, Thousand Oaks and 
Los Angeles. The project captures 
several images that collectively 
put together a great visual story. 

According to Restuccio, he has 

three classes that are participat- 
ing in the Festival of Scholars. 
These students will use "still pho- 
tography, video and their own 
mind to capture their own sto- 

A student of Restuccio, sopho- 
more Scott Beatty, will be pre- 
senting for the first time in the 
Festival of Scholars, where he 
will be showcasing two different 
projects that he has been work- 
ing on. 

One is called "The Sacred For- 
est of Acadon," and the other will 
be clips from his own original 
movie, "Robox." 

According to Beatty, he feels 
"excited" and "honored" to par- 

ticipate in the Festival of Schol- 

"The positive thing about par- 
ticipating in the festival is that 
it will be a good time to talk to 
people about what we have been 
working on and really get it out 
there. Also, I think that this is a 
really great step for the future of 
our movie "Robox," Beatty said. 

The topics students have picked 
range anywhere from serious 
topics such as terrorism and sex 
slavery to the creativity of the 
drama and multimedia students. 

"I'm excited for the event be- 
cause I believe it will be good 
practice to talk to people about 
creative ideas," Beatty said. 

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April 14, 2010 


Be a good Samaritan: support the health care overhaul 

In the 1960s, the Democratic 
Party's push to have civil rights 
legislation and Medicare brought 
extreme opposition within 

Nearly 40 years later on March 
23, 2010, President Barack 
Obama's plan for national health 
care reform has passed, but not 
without thorough obstruction by 

Though Obama is most recently 
credited with bringing new light 
to the issue of health care reform, 
it is no secret that even prior to the 
2008 election, health care costs in 
America were on the rise. 

Even amidstapost-Bush recession, 
which continues to fiscally disable 
millions of hardworking men and 
women living in the United States, 
a recent Kaiser Family Foundation 
and Health Research survey found 
the cost of an average family policy 
increased by 5 percent between 
2008 and 2009. 

Translation: Americans are 
earning less and health care is 
costing more. 

But that economic elephant in 
the room is nothing new. Quality 

health care has always been a 
luxury of the affluent For those 
who could afford insurance or 
had parents who had the extra 
income to afford insurance, an 
annual check-up, a prescription for 
antibiotics or a teeth-cleaning were 
only time-consuming speed bumps 
and minor inconveniences on the 
road to optimum wellbeing. 

For the unfortunate 45.7 million 
Americans who are not insured, 
according to the 2009 Census, a trip 
to the doctor, a prescription or a 
dental examination means financial 
debt and low morale resulting from 
furthered belief that the country 
has no concern for their health care 

It seems now a sliver of hope has 

The United States National 
Health Care Act will offer coverage 
to 32 million Americans. The 
United States Census Bureau 
reports that about 60 percent of 
Americans receive insurance from 
their employers. Because the bill 
is designed to preserve the role of 
employers as providers of health 
insurance benefits, it is unlikely 
that people within the 60 percent 
bracket who make less than 
$200,000 will see any changes. 

According to www.whitehouse. 
gov, the act will "make insurance 
more affordable by providing the 
largest middle class tax cut for health 
care in history, reducing premium 

costs for tens of millions of families 
and small business owners who are 
priced out of coverage today. Under 
the plan, 95 percent of Americans 
will be insured." 

The bill will end discrimination 
against Americans with pre- 
existing conditions. 

Beginning this year, insurance 
companies will be prevented from 
denying coverage to children 
because of pre-existing conditions. 
By 2014, insurance companies 
will be prohibited from denying 
coverage to adults with pre-existing 

Within the current year, insurance 
companies would also be required 
to cover preventive services such as 

The health care bill will allow 
parents to keep their children on 
their insurance plan until the age 
of 26 to aid both young Americans 
and recent college graduates who 
may have a difficult time affording 
insurance or finding a job where 
insurance is provided. 

The bill will give older Americans 
a rebate on prescription drug costs. 

Since the bill has passed, the 
uninformed complain that the 
Health care bill will exponentially 
increase taxes. 

This is far from true. 

The bill is to be paid by a 
combination of tax increases on 
individuals over a specific income 
cap and deductions from Medicare. 

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Those in the high income 
bracket, individuals with incomes 
of $200,000 or higher, and 
families with combined incomes 
of $250,000, will experience a 3.8 
percent Medicare Tax. In addition, 
they will be taxed on unearned 
income, including dividends and 

Pharmaceutical companies, 

medical device manufacturers and 
insurers will also be subjected to 
higher taxes. 

With all of the tax hikes, it is easy 
to see why health care reform is 
such a controversial issue. Though 
millions of Americans will be 
healthier, America's upper class will 
be footing the bill. 

Mark 12:31 reads "Love your 
neighbor as yourself' The response 
to the question, "Who is my 
neighbor?" is found in the parable 

of the good Samaritan. 

In the parable, a beaten traveler 
is left for dead on the side of the 
road. A priest and a Levite both 
pass him by, but a Samaritan 
sees the wounded man and feels 
compassion. The Samaritan 
soothes the man's wounds with 
olive oil and wine and bandages 
them. Next the Samaritan places the 
wounded man on his own donkey 
and takes him to an inn, offering 
his own money in exchange for the 
innkeeper's hospitality. 

I am confused as to how anyone 
thinks showing mercy to the 
millions of Americans who need 
health care is any different than the 
Samaritan being a neighbor to the 
wounded man on the side of the 

For the greater good of our 
country's future and for the 
children who will someday be 
in charge of making important 
choices on our behalf, we must 
take advantage of an opportunity 
to create a place where we are not 
afraid to care about the wellbeing 
of others. 

In any case, much remains to be 
seen. The next step is for members 
of the Senate to sign off on the 
recent changes, but Republicans 
have indicated they will use any 
and all legislative tactics to slow or 
even stop the bill from passing. 

At this time, I remain optimistic, 
but only time will tell. 

'Buried Life' unearthed as TV treasure 

Finally, a show that doesn't 
make me feel dumb, blonde or 
like a toddler. 

MTV is making a bold new 
adjustment to it's reality shows. 
The station seems to be 
shying away from shows that 
have no meaningful content 
such as "Jersey Shore," which 
mainly encourages sex, alcohol 
and fist pumping, to shows that 
encourage the youth to help 
each other out and do good 
deeds while having fun. 

In April of 2009, MTV picked 
up a new show. 

Aptly named "The Buried 
Life," the show is an attempt to 
pioneer the way for what the 
station is calling "MTV for the 
era of Obama." 

This is a new direction from 
past shows like "Real World," 
"Laguna Beach" and "Parental 
Control." It gives me hope that 
MTV is finally making the 
switch from blind date and 
game shows. 

"The Buried Life" is about 

four friends: Ben Nemtin, Dave 
Lingwood, Duncan Penn and 
Jonnie Penn from Victoria 
British Columbia, Canada who 
made a list of 100 things they 
wanted to do before they died. 

However, they are not just 
focusing on their dreams. 

With each number of their list 
they complete, the friends help 
someone else achieve one of 
their own dreams as well. 

This concept of paying it 
forward is awesome to see in 
action, and the way MTV has 
put their spin on the classic 
"good deed" could influence 
America's youth in a positive 
way— instead of just influencing 
the youth to use the term "GTL" 
(meaning gym, tan, laundry) in 
everyday conversation. 

The series premiered Jan. 18, 

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in an episode where the boys 
attempted to complete No. 6 on 
their bucket list- attend a party 
at the Playboy Mansion. They 
attempted to sneak into the 
party as uninvited guests, but 
per their mission, also helped 
a group of underprivileged kids 
get a new computer for their 

Other episodes have included 
playing basketball with 
President Obama, helping to 
deliver a baby, making a toast 
at a strangers wedding, helping 
a son and father reunite and 
throwing a "badass" party. 

This show allows MTV to 
balance its youthful reputation 
while also doing something 
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OPINION - Page 9 

Summertime options are costly at CLU 



As summer quickly approaches, 
the option to go home or stay at 
school is something every CLU 
student must think about. 

There are so many choices that 
students have: go to summer 
school at California Lutheran 
University, get a summer intern- 
ship, go home, take a class at a 
local community college or get a 
part-time job. 

The majority of students, in- 
cluding myself, opt to go home 
and see friends who have been 
away at school and spend time 
with family we have not seen in 
a while. 

I concede that it can be seen 
as more responsible to stay at 
school and take summer classes, 
complete an internship or get an 
on campus job. However, the "re- 
sponsible" option is not always 
the cheapest. 

Living on campus over sum- 
mer is expensive, especially with 
summer school tuition priced at 
$990 per credit this year. Where- 
as living at home is free for most 
students and community college 
courses are under $100 per cred- 
it, even under $50 per credit for 
some colleges. 

This brings up another inter 
esting decision. Should parents 
charge their kids rent when they 
come home over summer or ask 
them to help out with bills while 
taking summer classes? 

My parents don't make me pay 
for anything when I come home 
except for little extras like shop- 

ping and the movies. But I un- 
derstand some parents are not 
so forgiving when students come 
home for summer. 

Another option for summer in- 
stead of taking classes is working 
as an intern. 

Internships are great for sum- 
mer. However, if they are going 
to be counted as summer school 
credits, CLU students must pay 
for each credit earned. That 
means a four-credit internship 
will set you back approximately 

Also, there is the option to 
overlap a summer internship 
with a few weeks or a month of 
the start of school and have it 
count as credit for fall semester. 
But, the key is finding an intern- 
ship that is commutable from 
home and school, which is diffi- 
cult for students that don't live in 
Ventura County. 

Many students hope to get part- 
time summer jobs when they go 
home over break. However, this 
is more difficult now than it was 
a few years ago. 

Most employers no longer hire 
part-time summer positions be- 
cause they are looking for em- 
ployees who will be with them 
for a longer period than just 
three short months. 

Keeping all of this in mind, I 
am choosing to go home over 
summer and take a class at Citrus 
community college. Hopefully, I 
can find a part-time summer job 
as well. 

Even if your plans do not in- 
volve working or taking summer 
classes, that is fine for one sum- 
mer or two. However, students 
eventually need to be productive 
with summer breaks. If students 
do not ease into working during 
summer, they will have a rude 

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awakening after graduation. 

Summer is supposed to be fun, 
however, it should include a bal- 
ance of work and play. 

Pro athletes should be admired for talent, not morals 

Tiger's back, and we care way 
too much. 

All eyes were on Tiger Woods 
this week in Augusta, Ga. as he 
competed in his first major tour- 
nament since his multiple extra- 
marital affairs became headline 
news in November of last year. 

With so many people weighing 
in on whether Woods can repair 
his battered image, it's become 
clear to me that we as a society 
have varied and disjointed ex- 
pectations for professional ath- 

The issue Woods is facing 
concerning his image has much 
more to do with the public's per- 
ception of his sport and little 
to do with his sexual transgres- 

For some reason we have con- 
vinced ourselves that athletes 
playing particular sports like 
golf are more morally sound. 
Although that initially sounds 
ridiculous, it's completely true. 

In our eyes, golf is a sophis- 
ticated sport. Unlike rugby or 
basketball where we expect 
athletes to be impulsive and ag- 
gressive, we expect golfers to be 

calm, calculative and precise. 

As harmless as those expecta- 
tions seem, they all too often 
bleed over into our expectations 
of those same athletes' personal 

When we hear about Woods' 
sexual escapades, we are 
shocked. With only his public 
persona to use as a reference, we 
expect it and his private life to 
match up. 

That isn't the case for all pro- 
fessional athletes though. 

For example, according to The 
New York Times, the divorce 
rate among NFL players is be- 
tween 60-80 percent and has 
been for some time now. Most 
of those divorces are the result 
of a cheating spouse, usually the 

As staggering as those num- 
bers are, we are much more 
tolerant of promiscuity among 
these athletes and even deter- 
mine it as apart of the pro-foot- 
baller lifestyle. 

For many, Woods has forever 
lost his appeal as a suitable ex- 
ample for children. 

Rather than lifting up the 
discipline Woods brings to his 
sport and the amount of skill he 
shows while on the green, many 
parents have decided to count 
him out as a role model. 

This begs a question regarding 
all athletes and not just Woods. 

Should we consider profes- 

sional athletes as role models for 
young children? 

If we are willing to consider 
them role models based on their 
athleticism - the very reason 
they are in the public eye, that's 
one thing. 

However, if we're going to over 
analyze every aspect of their 
personal lives, expecting them 
to be the moral compasses for 
our children, that's a different 

Interestingly enough, as the 

public swarms around Woods 
and more companies consider 
dropping him as a spokesper- 
son, Nike has remained sup- 

I wish I could say it's because 
the mega-brand has decided to 
take the moral higher ground 
in this whole ordeal, but even 
they've found a way to exploit 
Woods' situation with their 
most recent commercial. 

In the 33-second clip, Woods 
appears somber and reflective. 

Unlike many of his other Nike 
ads, he is not seen with a golf 
club in hand. Instead, he looks 
directly in the camera while we 
listen to words of wisdom from 
his deceased father who asked 
among other things "did you 
learn anything?" 

I'm sure that he has, even if it's 
how to cheat and not get caught. 
Whatever the lesson learned 
might be, if it won't affect his 
golf swing, we shouldn't be con- 

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Regals remain at bottom of standings in softball 

CLU loses three 
of four weekend 
contests at home 

A r 

ndrew Adams 
.Staff Writer 

Cal Lutheran played two dou- 
bleheaders against the University 
of La Verne over the weekend, 
managing only one win in four 

That lone win came in an 8-7 
victory in the final game of the 
weekend. Earlier in the day, the 
Regals dropped a 2-7 decision to 
their SCIAC opponents. 

The Regals lost both games of 
the double-header to the Leop- 
ards on Saturday, losing by scores 
of 4-3 in extra innings in the first 
game and 1-0 in the second game. 

In game one of the double- 
header, the Regals and Leopards 
entered the sixth inning locked in 
a scoreless tie. 

The Leopards were soon able 
to plate the game's first run on 
a sacrifice fly by Leopards third 
baseman Alicia Wong that plated 
Lisa Neu. 

Facing a 2-0 deficit with only 
three outs left to work with, the 
Regals were able to fight back and 
tie the game thanks in large part 
to senior Emily Robertson and 

sophomore Talia Ferrari. 

After putting runners on first 
and second to start off the inning, 
Robertson drove in junior Katy 
Bateman with a double to left 
center. Ferrari then welcomed 
new Leopards pitcher Delaney 
Baylor with a game-tying double 
to left field. 

However, the Regals couldn't 
complete the rally when fresh- 
man Geri Jensen hit into an un- 
usual double play. 

With the bases loaded and 
one out, Jensen lofted a fly ball 
to Leopards center fielder Lissa 
Ishihara, who fired the ball to 
home plate where Robertson 
was cut down trying to score the 
game-winning run. 

"I just tried to make an accurate 
throw home, and it ended up be- 
ing a big play," Ishihara said. "I 
have to give credit to my catcher 
for getting the tag down in time 
as well." 

Ishihara was in the middle of 
the action again the very next 
half inning as she scored the go- 
ahead run on a triple by Leopards 
Tara Allis. After adding another 
run on an illegal pitch, the stage 
was set once again for a Regals 

After a leadoff single by junior 
April Rosas, Bateman drove her 
home with a one-out double. 
She then advanced to third on a 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photographer 

Gold Glove: Junior Lizzy Novak has a . 963 fielding percentage this year. 

groundout, and after Robertson 
was intentionally walked, the ty- 
ing run stood 90 feet away with 
Ferrari at the plate. Ferrari put up 
a fight but eventually struck out, 
ending the game. 

"I was proud of the fight of our 
players; we fought back from 

two deficits, and although we 
weren't able to complete the sec- 
ond comeback, we proved that 
we won't give up," Regals coach 
Debby Day said. 

The second game of the double- 
header was also a pitchers duel, 
as both teams remained off the 

scoreboard until the third inning 
when the Leopards used small 
ball to score what would turn 
out to be the game's only run. 
ULV's Ashley Paul singled and 
then with two outs stole second, 
advanced to third on an illegal 
pitch and scored on another il- 
legal pitch. 

Leopards starter Brittney 
Flores, who scattered four hits 
and five walks over seven innings 
while striking out 12 Regals, sti- 
fling CLU's offense. 

"I had all my pitches working for 
me today and my catcher called a 
great game for me," Flores said. 

The Regals attempted to stage a 
comeback in the final inning as 
junior Breanna Johnson led off 
the frame with a double to left 

Johnson was never able to make 
it home because the Regals end- 
ed the inning with a foul out, 
groundout and fly out to end the 


Covering All the bases 

March Madness is gone, but basketball is far from over this calendar year 


The long grind of the NBA 
regular season is all but in the 
books, which can mean only one 
thing: It's time for playoff basket- 

As exciting as March Madness 
is, the NBA playoffs are even 
better. The playoffs are two solid 
months of the best players in the 
world competing almost every 
night. The NCAA tournament 
is three weeks of guys who hope 
they can one day make it to the 
NBA. Sounds like a no-brainer 
to me. 

Coming into this season, it 
looked like four teams (Lakers, 
Cavaliers, Magic and Celtics) 
would be the class of the league. 
For the most part that has held 
true, even though the Celtics 
have gone into the tank 

For much of the season, it was 
the Lakers and everyone else in 
the Western Conference. But 
since the All-Star break, the 
defending champs have been a 
pretty average team. With An- 

drew Bynum hurt (again) and 
an absolutely horrible bench, the 
Lakers could be in trouble. How- 
ever, it's never a good idea to bet 
against Kobe. Ever. 

The rest of the West is arguably 
as deep and competitive as it has 
ever been. Any team is capable 
of winning a playoff series, even 
against the almighty Lakers. But 
among this group, it appears the 
Jazz, Mavericks, Nuggets, Suns 
and Spurs are the biggest chal- 

The Jazz have been one of the 
NBAs hottest teams since the 
middle of January, as Deron 
Williams has emerged as pos- 
sibly the best point guard in the 
league. It would be nice to see 
Jerry Sloan win one after repeat- 
edly having his heart ripped out 
by Michael Jordan. 

If Williams is not the best point 
guard in the business, its Steve 
Nash. He continues to defy na- 
ture at age 36 and has the Suns 
looking as good as they did in 
the D'Antoni days. Expect a 
heavy dose of pick-and-roll be- 
tween Nash and Amare. 

The Spurs appeared to be done 
at the All-Star Break, but thanks 
to the rebirth of Manu Ginobili, 
they find themselves in the thick 
of things yet again. No one wants 
to play Gregg Popovich and Tim 

Duncan come playoff time. 

The Nuggets have one of the 
most explosive offenses in the 
league behind Carmelo Anthony 
and Chauncey Billups. They can 
score with almost anyone, and 
they should rally emotionally 
with the return of coach George 
Karl from cancer treatment. 


The Mavs used a midsea- 
son trade for Caron Butler and 
Brendan Heywood to revamp 
their roster, and the results have 
been very positive. Dirk Nowit- 
zki continues to be one of the 
league's best scorers, and Jason 
Kidd continues to set things up 
for teammates just as he always 

But these teams are not with- 
out problems of their own, with 
flaws such as an inability to win 
on the road (Utah, Denver), puz- 
zling inconsistency (Dallas), old 
age (San Antonio), and aversion 
to defense (Phoenix). Matchups 
will play a huge role in deter- 
mining who makes it out of this 


Cleveland may have its finest 
team LeBron James era, and with 
free agency looming ominously 
on the horizon it's now-or-never 
for the Cavs. LeBron has further 
cemented himself as the greatest 
basketball player on the planet 
and is a lock to repeat as MVP. 

The Cleveland brass has done 
everything in their power to 
surround him with help, adding 
Shaq in the offseason and An- 
tawn Jamison at the trade dead- 
line. The only question now is if 
all these moves will pay off when 
it really matters. 

The Cavs biggest challenge 
will come from Dwight Howard 
and the Magic, which could be 
the most dangerous team in the 
playoffs. They have a ridiculous 
amount of depth coming off the 
bench, and no team is better at 
bombing away from the three- 
point line. It also helps to have 
Superman patrolling the paint. 
But if the three-ball is not fall- 
ing, things could get ugly for 

Even though the Celtics have 
been stinking it up lately, it's 
hard to write them off complete- 
ly because experience is such a 
valuable thing in the playoffs. If 
anyone can rally this team to an- 
other championship, it's KG. 

The Hawks have surprisingly 
risen to nearly the same level as 
the East's other elite teams, but 
it's hard to imagine them get- 
ting through both Orlando and 
Cleveland. The Heat make this 
list solely because of Dwayne 
Wade, who has almost single- 
handedly carried them into the 

So who emerges from this mess 
with the Larry O'Brien Trophy 
in June? I don't think we are go- 
ing to see LeBron vs. Kobe, the 
matchup that most people (not 
including me) want to see. I 
think we're in store for a rematch 
of last year's Finals. This time, 
however, the Magic will use its 
superior depth to physically 
wear down Kobe and Co., beat- 
ing the Lakers in an intense six 
game series. I'm prepared to be 
proven wrong though. 

So over the next couple months, 
be prepared to see plenty of 
dominating performances, epic 
battles, breathtaking plays and 
unforgettable moments. The Fi- 
nals may be a long way away for 
some, but until then you should 
enjoy the ride. 

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Kingsmen clobber Caltech Beavers in three tries 

Cal Lutheran 
moves into third 
place in SCIAC 


manda Lovett 
Staff Writer 

Kingsmen baseball swept away 
Caltech in a landslide this week- 
end with a total score of 40-2 
throughout the three-game series. 
This series puts Cal Lu 20- 1 2 over- 
all, and 13-8 in SCIAC. 

Seniors Robbie Seldon, Paul 
Hartmann and Landon Smith 
played all nine positions during 
the series. 

On Friday, Seldon took the field 
in each position at Caltech, put- 
ting him out of his element. 

"It was a little uncomfortable, 
particularly third base, because it's 
a hot corner," Seldon said. "But I 
didn't get any balls out in the field, 
so it wasn't too bad." 

Seldon was hit with a pitch and 
scored two RBI in the Friday 
game, while junior Seth Dolar set 
a 3-4 performance and four RBI. 

The Kingsmen allowed only 
two runs from Caltech the entire 
game, but swept the competition 
with 23 runs for a final score of 

Saturday proved to finalize the 
sweep of the series in a double 

Photo by Majoc Buchanan - Staff Photographet 

Steady Hitting: Junior Richard Michelin is hitting .266 this season. 

header with only seven innings in 
the second game, in which Caltech 
scored no runs the entire day. 

The doubleheader began with 
a three-run first inning by junior 
K.C. Judge and a sacrifice fly from 
Hartmann. Senior Chris Hertz 
and Judge scored two hits and 
an RBI; while sophomore John 
LaMoure pitched two innings, 
striking out four and only allow- 
ing one hit for a final score of 5-0. 

Hartmann was the star of the 
day, playing all nine positions in 
first game while extending his 
home run record to 30 and break- 

ing another CLU record for total 

"It feels good (to be in the record 
books again]," Hartmann said. "I 
found that out yesterday, after the 
game, on the Internet site. It's kind 
of cool to take another record." 

The second game of the day 
started out with a Kingsmen 1-0 
lead and five runs in the fourth in- 
ning, followed by three in both the 
fifth and sixth innings, accounting 
for a 12-0 slaughter. 

Senior Chase Tigert pitched a 
perfect three innings with no hits 
and three strike-outs, while fres- 

man Nick Boggan hit 3-for-3 and 
stole a base. Freshman Garrett 
Smith hit a single, double and a 
triple, only lacking a home run in 
his royal flush. 

Overall, with a total sweep score 
of 40-2, it can be said that the team 
was extremely strong defensively 
this weekend. The Kingsmen had 
only one error throughout the en- 
tire series, giving them an advan- 
tage Caltech could not overcome. 

"We played really well, [we had] 
really good defense and pitched 
well," Hartmann said. "Hitting in 
the first game was really good, and 
in the second and third game hit- 
ting was good, but we were hitting 
right at people. We still had good 
offense, though." 

The Kingsmen agreed that the 
pitching was the biggest strength 
of the series. 

"[The biggest strength of our 
games this weekend was] prob- 
ably our pitching staff. They are 
really the key to our team," Smith 
said. "They give us the chance to 

The three players who manned 
each of the nine positions on the 
field reflected on their favorite 
spots to be on the field this week- 

"Second [base is my favorite], 
because it is my best position," 
Smith said. "It's what I usually play 
so I'm the most comfortable play- 

ing there." 

However, both Hartmann and 
Seldon decided their favorite posi- 
tion is the one from memory lane 
in high school. 

"[My favorite position is] pitcher 
because I used to pitch in high 
school. I hadn't pitched in four 
years. I was kind of excited to play 
the position again and see what it 
was like," Hartmann said. 

"I used to catch in high school a 
little bit and it brought back good 
memories," said Seldon, referring 
to the catching position he played 
on the field during senior Josh 
Larson's pitching. 

As the team heads into the 
SCIAC series against Claremont- 
Mudd-Scripps, Occidental and 
Redlands next weekend, the guys 
have hope that they can pull 
through and have a chance at the 
conference title. 

"I just hope to stay comfortable 
with the play, keep it in pretty 
well," Hartmann said. "What I 
want to accomplish most, though, 
is I want our team to finish off the 
season on a really good note and 
win all the games coming up." 

Smith revealed his feelings about 
the last games of his college ca- 
reer. "It's kind of exciting," he said. 
"They are the last games with the 
teams that we've built up rivalry 
and competed with over the past 
four years, so that's exciting." 

Kingsmen claim second seed in SCIAC tournament 

Men's tennis 
loses only match 
to C-M-S 


fosh Larson 
Staff Writer 

After a near-perfect run 
through the regular season, the 
men's tennis team finally knows 

The Kingsmen won 16 straight 
matches until last weekend 
when they squared off with Cla- 

However, the Kingsmen came 
back the next match with a 9-0 
sweep of Chapman University 
to conclude the weekend. This 
marks the end of the regular sea- 
son for men's tennis. 

The Kingsmen posted a 17-1 
record along with a 5-1 SCIAC 
record, and to accompany those 
stats they were unbeaten at 
home with 12 victories at the 

Poulson Center. 

Going into the weekend, the 
Kingsmen were undefeated and 
a victory against Claremont 
would have secured a No. 1 seed 
in the SCIAC tournament. 

But they fell short to C-M-S 
6-3. Good doubles play from 
the Kingsmen early on left the 
match open for the taking as 
they went into singles play with 
a 2-1 lead, but junior Andrew 
Guiffrida was the only CLU vic- 
tor in singles against the Stags. 

"We just lost some close points 
during our singles matches, and 
that came back to hurt us in the 
end," senior Ryan Lassila said. 

On Saturday afternoon there 
was much more to cheer about 
for the Kingsmen as they domi- 
nated Chapman University 9-0. 

The Kingsmen complemented 
great doubles play with strong 
singles matches and proved to 
be too much for the Panthers to 

With the win against Chap- 

man, the Kingsmen have posted 
their best regular season record 
since joining the SCIAC in 1992. 
Cal Lutheran's national ranking 
has also moved up to fourth and 
they are also ranked third in the 
western region. 

Coming up for the Kingsmen 
is the SCIAC tournament. The 
Kingsmen will potentially have a 
second crack in the tournament. 

The Stags are defending their 
fourth straight SCIAC Cham- 
pionship and are the favorite to 
win the tournament having de- 
feated the second place Kings- 
men. However, it was a close 
match between the two schools 
and a rematch isn't unreason- 

"The key to us winning the 
tournament is our doubles play," 
Lassila said. "We have to con- 
tinue to play well and get the 
momentum going our way early 
in the match. I also think to win 
those close singles matches like 
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at the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 
this weekend with the opening 
round matches scheduled for 

April 16 and the finishing up on 
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Women's tennis locks up fourth seed in SCIAC 

Regals regular 
season ended 
with a victory 

Sasha Voinovich 
Staff Writer 

After failing to take down Cla- 
remont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 
on Saturday by a score of 3-6, the 
Regals ended their regular season 
with a victory against the Whit- 
tier College Poets 8- 1 and secured 
the No. 4 seed in the SCIAC tour- 

Cal Lutheran swept the singles 
matches and only lost No. 3 dou- 
bles en route to their win against 
the Poets. The victory left CLU 
with a 9-7 overall record and a 4-3 
record in the SCIAC. 

The sophomore team of Holly 
Beaman and Jordan Leckness 
earned the only win for CLU in 
the doubles competition. 

Normally playing at the No. 1 
spot, Beaman and Leckness de- 
feated CMS' Katie Lorish and 
Emilee Feldhausen 8-2, playing at 
the No. 2 spot this week. 

"I love playing with my best 
friend because we have so much 
fun and laugh a lot during our 
match, but when we give each 

other 'the look,' it is like we are 
reading each other's mind and 
know that it is time to go to work," 
Leckness said. 

Beaman agreed that there was 
something special about playing 
with her closest friend. 

"I love playing with Jordan. We 
are always in sync with each other 
so it works out great," Beaman 

CLU freshman Carly Mouzes 
and sophomore Kim Kolibas lost 
8-3 to Jaclyn Smrecek and Riley 
Thomlison of CMS while playing 
at the No. 1 spot. 

Hannah Gordon and Alexandra 
Hsu of CMS defeated the team of 
junior Lacey Gormley and fresh- 
man Lauren Toohey with a final 
score of 8-2. 

During the singles matches, 
Toohey lost 6-1, 6-0 to Gordon 
of CMS at the No. 4 spot. Mouzes 
and Gormley were also defeated 
6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 5 
and No. 6 spots. 

Beaman and Leckness carried 
their momentum into the singles 

Beaman defeated Emilee Feld- 
hausen of CMS 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 
3 spot. Playing at the No. 2 spot 
was Leckness who defeated Lor- 
ish 6-3, 6-2. 

Beaman and Leckness were the 

l*hoto by Trace Ronning - Sports Editor 

Strong Finish: Sophomore Jordan Leckness won all her weekend matches. 

only Regals to claim victories in 
the singles competition. 

Kolibas came close to beating 
her opponent, forcing Smrecek 
to a third set tiebreaker. Smrecek 
came away with a win for the 
Athenas by scores of 3-6, 6-4, 10- 

"One of my main goals for the 
rest of this season is to improve 
my doubles game," Kolibas said. "I 
have been working on my volleys 
and serves, which are really im- 
portant in doubles. Also, another 
one of my goals is to not give up 
while I am playing, and keep a 
good attitude on the court." 

The Athenas ended the day 6-3 
over the Regals, putting CLU 8-7 

"I feel lucky to have Vanessa as 
our coach because she really cares 
about helping us improve our 
games," Kolibas said. "This ten- 
nis season has been going great at 
CLU. We've had our share of wins 
and losses, but as a team I think 
we are doing well. We all improve 
from day to day." 

The team is preparing for the 
SCIAC Championship Tourna- 
ment at Whittier this weekend. 
The Regals will be playing on Fri- 
day, April 1 6, at 9:30 a.m. and 1 :30 
p.m. and on Saturday, April 17, at 
9:30 a.m. 

CLU tennis star helps propel team in rankings 

Photo by lAaxx^nSZansi^taffPhotographej 
The Catalyst- Andrew Giuffrida has led the Kingsmen to a No. 4 ranking. 

Christine Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

Known for his powerful back- 
hand, junior Andrew Giuffrida is 
determined to contribute to the 
men's tennis team's national rank- 
ing each match. 

A California native, born in 
Granada Hills, Giuffrida picked 
up his first racket at 5 years old 
and started playing serious tennis 
at age 9. 

Both of his parents were born 
and raised in Argentina and de- 
cided to move back when Giuf- 
frida turned 3. 

Giuffrida's father played ten- 
nis consistently on the weekends 
and decided one day to take little 
GiufTrida to a local tennis club in 
Argentina. That day changed An- 
drew's life. 

Giuffrida has been playing for 
almost 13 years, and has played 
tennis for clubs and competitively 
in school. 

GiufTrida and his family stayed 
in Argentina through his sopho- 
more year of high school, when 
they moved to Ventura County 
and Andrew played on the Thou- 
sand Oaks High School tennis 

His high school teammate Sam 
Querrey described Giuffrida as a 
"tennis star" during his two-year 
stint at TOHS. At the beginning 
of his senior year of high school, 
numerous universities were inter- 
ested in him as a recruit. 

Thousand Oaks High is known 
as one of the best tennis pro- 
grams in the state, winning the 
state championship last year. CLU 
coach Mike Gennette met Giuf- 

frida there and wanted to recruit 
him but learned GiufTrida wanted 
to play Division I tennis. 

"I [noticed] that his strength on 
the court was his incredible two- 
handed backhand," Gennette said. 
"He's quick with his opponents, 
has a powerful and big first serve, 
and is a great competitor." 

Giuffrida decided to attend the 
University of Nevada Las Vegas 
(UNLV) to play Division I tennis 
in the starting line-up as a fresh- 
man. Gennette later found out 
that GiufTrida didn't get the feel 
for the schools environment. 

After moving closer to home, 
Giuffrida transferred to CLU and 
was interested in playing for the 

As a sophomore, Giuffrida was 
named an All-American and was 
ranked No. 8 in the nation. 

He and his doubles partner this 
year, freshman Nick Ballou, are 
currently ranked No. 1 nationally 
in Division III. 

His father, Daniel Giuffrida Sr. is 
his biggest supporter and attends 
every match. 

"I've always played tennis and 
never reached the level of tennis 
that Andrew has," GiufTrida Sr. 
said. "In the beginning, I always 
beat him but now, it would be im- 
possible for me to run those balls, 
much less to hit them back." 

CLU ranks No. 4 in the nation at 
17-1, and Giuffrida is always mo- 
tivated during competitions. 

"I have a few things that bring 
me luck. For example, if I lose an 
important point, I just go back to 
the fence and tie my shoes," Giuf- 
frida said. 

He was really surprised how the 

team got better this year, making a 
big jump from ranking No. 28 to 
No. 4 this year. 

"We worked really hard during 
the preseason to get our strokes 
better and we've never gone this 
far, " he said. 

Becoming the athlete he is today, 
GiufTrida was trained and inspired 
by his coach- Pierre Mareschal 
from France and coach Gennette. 

According to GiufTrida, Gen- 
nette has helped him become a 
better player, and Giuffrida has 
hopes to win the NCAA individ- 
ual championships. 

"He trains like crazy all the time 
for games, but his hard work all 
these years are definitely paying 
oftT' Gennette said. "Hopefully he 
will continue to do well in nation- 
als, this guy is in it to win." 

After college, Giuffrida hopes to 
travel the world to play minipro- 
fessional tournaments, and his 
father shares those same dreams 
with his son. 

"One of my coaches from Ar- 
gentina told me a famous phrase: 
'Trusting yourself is the secret to 
success," Giuffrida said. "If there 
is anytime I am struggling while 
playing, I will say the phrase to 
myself, and it will only make me 
more confident." 

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Future of the Echo put in doubt by Senate vote 

How constitutional changes are interpreted could end the paper's funding 

Jakie Rodriguez 
Staff Writer 

The voice of the student body 
will be heard this week as the 
fate of this publication may rest 
on the vote of students. 

On Monday, April 12, Senate 
passed revisions to the ASCLU 
Constitution that included 
changes to the recall process, 
allocation of student fees and 
clubs and publications. 

Starting Tuesday and carrying 
on into today, the student 
body has the opportunity to 
decide whether all clubs and 
publications will have to be 

open to all students to receive 
student fee funding. 

"[Since] there are no clubs that 
are currently not open to all 
students, the changes that will 
be voted on will apply mostly 
to publications," said freshman 
senator Jesse McClain, who 
worked with Sally Lorentson, 
assistant director of Student 
Life and adviser to the Senate, 
on the proposed changes to the 

If publications do not wish to 
be open to all students, they will 
lose student fees and will need 
to find funding elsewhere. 

In addition to being open to all 

ASCLUG rethinks 
future dances at CLU 


reanna Woodhouse 
Staff Writer 

There were many empty seats for 
dinner at this year's Spring Formal, 
which took place at the Long 
Beach Aquarium with exhibits and 
a DJ on April 10. 

By April 6, only 1 8 1 dance tickets 
were sold and the night of the 
dance reached an attendance total 
of 244 people. 

As a result of the low turnout. 
Programs Board Director Ryan 
Strand sent out a letter to Programs 
board members on April 6 stating 
that tickets would continue to be 
sold at $50. 

He said the price would not 
increase in order to get as many 
people as possible with the 
additional funding coming out of 
the General Fund. 

ASCLUG signed a contract with 
the aquarium guaranteeing the 
sale of 450 tickets. 

"Since the guaranteed number 
wasn't met, [Programs Board] was 
responsible for covering the rest 
of the contracted amount," said 
Amanda Whealon, coordinator 
for Student Leadership and 

Programs and Programs Board 
Adviser. "[Programs Board] didn't 
necessarily lose money, they just 
had to pay to cover the portion of 
the contract that wasn't met due 
to our numbers being down. I 
wouldn't consider it losing money 
because the students who attended 
really enjoyed themselves." 

The aquarium was chosen based 
on its "beautiful location, great 
food options, and we always like 
having 'other' things to do at 
Spring Formal. Since it was held 
at an aquarium, students were able 
to tour the aquarium and see the 
different exhibits," Whealon said. 

One additional feature advertised 
during the dance was having a 
movie play during the event. 

"Seeing where our numbers were 
toward the end of the ticket sales, 
we decided to cut this feature so 
more money wasn't spent out of the 
ASCLU budget. We thought there 
was greater potential to spend the 
money towards other events that 
are coming up this year, than to 
spend more money on a feature at 
Spring Formal that we were unsure 
if people would 

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the Echo 

students, there are a few other 
changes that publications will 
have to adhere to in order to 
receive funding. 

"The changes also make 
it so that all the clubs and 
publications have to participate 
in the involvement fair and 
do the community service 

requirement," junior Jesse 
Knutson said at the Senate 

While the changes to 
publications come after 

years of the current working 
requirements, they are meant 
to improve the way clubs and 
publications will function in the 


The revisions seek to clear 
any confusion since "there were 
no guidelines for a publication 
like what they have to do to get 
student fees and how they can 
spend their money," McClain 

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Event turns daily struggles into reality 

Gannon Smith 
Staff Writer 

If you were on campus between 
noon and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, 
April 14, you would have seen 
about 30 CLU students walking 
barefoot and carrying yellow 
5-gallon buckets filled with water 
on their heads. 

The students were participating 
in a campus event to spread 
awareness about world poverty. 

The program was created by 
Nuru International, and the event 
was organized by Olivia Hancock, 
Facilities assistant administrator, 
and California Lutheran 

University students Lauren 
Chiappetti, Chloe Golembesky, 
Meghan Hernandez, Erin 
Boettcher and Tricia Johnson. 

Nuru, a Kiswahili word meaning 
"light," is a new humanitarian 
organization at the crossroads of 
innovation and extreme poverty. 

This 501{c)3 public benefit 
charity was created by former 
U.S. marine platoon commander 
Jake Harriman. Nuru equips 
the poor in remote, rural areas 
to end extreme poverty in their 
communities within five years. 

Be Hope to Her is a national 
event taking place on 23 
college campuses and three city 
centers (Seattle, Pittsburgh and 

The ultimate goal of the event 
is to spread awareness about the 
lack of clean drinking water for 
poverty stricken villages. 

Outside by the flag pole and 
inside Overton Hall, Nuru and 

Photo by Robyn Poynter - Staff Photographs 
Hope to Her: Junior Megan Hernandez (right) and freshman Lauren 
Chiappetti (left) walk on campus during the Be Hope To Her event. 

the CLU students putting on 
the event set up a registration 
table, a video station and posters 
spreading information about 
women in poverty. 

At noon everyone participating 
in the event sat and watched an 
informational video about Nuru 
and Be Hope to Her. 

After the video, the students and 
volunteers headed back toward 
the flag pole, placed their extra 
folded T-shirts on their head, then 
a yellow bucket on top of that. 
They held the bucket with one or 
two hands and began to walk in 
a single file line around campus. 
The route was a giant loop that 
started and ended at the flag pole. 
They did this walk twice. 

During the first loop no one 
filled their buckets with water. On 

the second loop the buckets were 
filled and many decided to take 
their shoes off and walk barefoot 
to fully imitate the women and 
girls in Kenya who have to make 
at least three trips a day to retrieve 
safe drinking water. 

After the second loop, junior 
Talia Loucks leaned over, resting 
her sore arms and said, "It was the 
best thing ever, but I can't imagine 
doing that every day!" 

Many of the participants felt the 
same way. 

CLU President Chris Kimball 
participated in the event, and 
after the second loop he, said, "I 
felt [carrying the bucket] in my 
shoulders and back. This is a good 
reality check. I learned a lot." 

In late February a representative 
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Authorities reclassify hate crimes as vandalism 

Deputies still have 
no suspect; looking 
to students for help 




enrik Gjertsen 
Staff Writer 

ourtnie Batista 
Staff Writer 

Since last month's incidents 
at Mt. Clef and Pederson halls, 
members of the CLU community 
have come together to show their 
intolerance of hate crimes. 

The Ventura County Sheriffs 
department (VCSD) initially 
classified the vandalism 
committed March 14 as a hate 
crime because a swastika symbol 

was drawn on a dorm window in 
Pederson Hall where a student of 
the Jewish faith resided. 

Since then, the VCSD has 
determined this was not, in 
fact, a hate crime as the actions 
appeared to have been random. 

Rather, the incidents have been 
classified as vandalism. 

"It seems to have been a random 
act that is still very disturbing," 
said Detective Eric Buschow of 
VCSD. "At this point we've done 
all we can do. There are no video 
cameras to look though to get 
a better idea of who could have 
done it. At this time there are still 
no suspects, and no one has been 

Fred Miller, director of Campus 
Public Safety at CLU, said that 
California Lutheran University 

has a zero tolerance policy toward 
actions based on hate toward 
students, faculty and staff. 

The effect of the incident will 
determine a campus policy 
where these things are less likely 
to happen. But hate toward fellow 
human beings — regardless 
of race, gender or religion — 
through human history has been 
a difficult thing to stop, and these 
things are destined to happen 
again whether it is at CLU or 
another university, Miller said. 

"We've had requests for more 
cameras on campus, but there are 
no funds for that, and a person 
that is to commit a similar crime 
on campus is likely to do it where 
there are no cameras anyway," 
Miller said. 

He noted patrols have been 

Echo's funding put in jeopardy 

[CONSTITUTION, from Page 1) 

One publication that is of 
particular concern is the Echo. 

For the current academic year, the 
Echo received $40,000 of student 
organizations and publications 
funding, which is partly why the 
publication should be open to all 
students, McClain said. 

Some senators feel the Echo's 
biggest challenge results from its 
prerequisite of Communication 
231. However, the chair of the 
Communication Department, 

Sharon Docter stated the Echo is 
open to all students. 

"All students are free to write and 
submit articles that editors can 
decide to publish if it is appropriate 
to the Echo," Docter said. 

Since all students, not just 
communication students, are free 
to write for the Echo, it is essentially 
an open publication and thus still 
eligible to receive student funding. 

However, if students are 
interested in becoming a freelancer 
for the paper, they must submit 

Proposed changes to ASCLUG Constitution 

Senate passed an amended Constitution April 12 that students 
could vote on Tuesday and today. Here are key changes: 

• Rewording Article VIII, sec- 
tion 3 clarifying the recall 

• Article X, giving 3 percent of 
student fees to the Forest Fit- 
ness Center. Taking 1 percent 
from student organizations 

quality work and adhere to the 
requirements of the class, Docter 

While the Echo is open to all 
students, there are many students 
who do not know that it is. 

"I think that there is a 
misperception out there that we 
need to correct," Docter said. 

The misperception needs to be 
addressed before Senate allocates 
money for next year because the 
revisions are expected to pass. 

"I'm confident that the student 

and publications, Senate and 
Student Life. 

• The addition of Article XI, 
sections 1 and 2 relating to 
student clubs and publications. 

• Students can vote on their 
MyClu portal. 

body will vote to approve the 
revisions of the Constitution," 
Knutson said. 

Current Editor in Chief Margaret 
Nolan addressed the Senate Monday 
to clarify that the paper is open to 
submissions from all students. 

If the results are passed, the 
changes will take place next year. 

After Tuesday's and todays votes 
are totaled, "the changes will then be 
in effect if the majority of students 
vote yes,"' said Beth Peters Berry, 
ASCLUG Senate director. 

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stepped up in the areas where the 
March incidents occurred. 

"Instead we have more campus 
patrol focusing on where 
incidents have happened in the 
past and where it can happen, but 
it is close to impossible to stop a 
person from committing such an 
act once he or she has decided to 
go for it." 

The unknown assailant had 
written swastikas on several cars 
as well as on a students window 
in the freshmen dorms. 

Regardless of the motive, 
the university community has 
responded in one common voice. 

"Bias crimes do happen on all 
college campuses whether it is 
a smaller school like CLU or a 
large school like USC. We are 
eventually bound to deal with 
these incidents," said Helen Lim, 
assistant professor of criminal 
justice at CLU. 

"If you look at it in a positive 

way, it is an opportunity for CLU 
community to come together 
and the campus response 
would be that we are united. It 
reaffirms what is valued in our 

Juanita Hall, director of 
Multicultural and International 
Programs, held a rally where 
students were free to come and 
speak out against acts against 
race, gender and religion. 

Support groups also have 
formed to give students a safe 
place to come together. 

"We are hoping someone comes 
forward, and it is our belief that 
someone on campus knows who 
did it," Miller said. 

"We try to create a culture where 
these things are far from being 
acceptable. This will hopefully 
make the school more united 
and stronger in the belief against 
actions as these so that people are 
afraid to do something hateful." 

Homecoming Dance 
canceled for 2010-11 

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actually utilize," Whealon said. 

"I was somewhat disappointed 
with the event. The shark exhibit 
wasn't open when I got there, and 
there wasn't a lot to see in the 
aquarium. I also think it wasn't 
advertised effectively, and that's 
why there weren't a lot of people. 
Last year the Disneyland Hotel 
was a lot better," senior Christie 
Longest said. 

Next year's Homecoming Dance 
already has been canceled, but 
not because of a poor turnout. 

The decision to cancel the 
Homecoming Dance for the 
2010-2011 academic year was 
made by ASCLUG advisers and 
other Student Life staff including 
Dean of Students and Senate 
Adviser Bill Rosser, coordinator 
for Student Leadership and 
Programs and Programs Board 
adviser Amanda Whealon, 
assistant director for Student Life 
and Executive Cabinet adviser 
Sally Lorentson and director of 
Student Life Melinda Roper. 

"I don't think Homecoming 
should be canceled. I think it 
should be clear that if you arrive 
extremely intoxicated you won't 



I wouldn't 
consider it 
losing money 
because the 
students who 
attended really enjoyed 

- Amanda Whealon 

Assistant Director for 

Student Life 

be let it. It's just like in a bar," 
senior Greg Pagones said. 

"The behaviors and actions at 
this year's Homecoming Dance, 
as well as past Homecoming 
dances, proved that it was time 
that we took a year or so off from 
this event," Whealon said. 

She added, "Students' mindsets 
about this dance need to change. 
It's not an event to get highly 
intoxicated before arriving, or 
while at the dance, and potentially 
ruin the experience for others. 
It's supposed to be a night of 
Homecoming celebration with 
fellow classmates. I think our 
students moved away from this." 

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Speakers' goals are one in the same: peace in Middle East 


anna Halldorsdottir 
Staff Writer 

At first it seemed as if the two 
speakers of the night had nothing 
in common. 

One, 18-year-old Ismail Kharoub 
an llth-generation Palestinian 
from Yafo, Israel. The other, 
Ofra Lyth, an Israeli-Jew who is 
a military veteran and a former 
journalist. Despite their differing 
backgrounds, both are fighting 
toward the same goal: peace in 
their home country of Israel. 

The event that brought 
together Kharoub and Lyth was 
a presentation at Samuelson 
Chapel at California Lutheran 
University on April 12, titled, 
"Costs of War on Israeli Society." 
The presentation was a part of a 
California public -speaking tour 
sponsored by New Profile, a group 
that fights militarism in Israel and 
advocates for a peaceful conflict 
resolution between Israelis and 

In her presentation, Lyth 
discussed how militarized the 
Israeli society has become and 
linked this to how Israeli children 
are introduced to the military and 
its ideas at a very young age, with 
the army often hosting events for 
school children. 

"It's very easy to do the thing of 
bonding between children and 
weapons," said Lyth, as she showed 
a picture of children climbing on 
military tanks. 

According to Lyth, many schools 
have their own memorials for 
students and staff members who 
have lost their lives in the war, and 
every day children are reminded 
of the presence of war in society. 

In his speech, Kharoub talked 
about his experience being 
brought up in an environment 
surrounded by war and his own 
personal loss in the Gaza war 
during the winter of 2008-2009. 

Many of Kharoub's relatives 
relocated to Gaza in 1948, the year 
Israel was established. 

As Kharoub spoke to his cousin, 
a university student in Gaza 
through Skype, she told him that 
something was going on outside 
and that she had to leave. 

"Before I had the chance to say 
goodbye, the connection was lost," 
said Kharoub, who three days later 
received a phone call from his 
cousin's family saying that she had 
died in an attack on the university, 
along with her sister and brother. 

"From that point on I decided 
that I wanted to contribute more to 
my society as a Palestinian to make 
sure that things like these don't 
happen to me or to anybody else," 
said Kharoub, who along with his 
sister started an organization that 
visits young patients from Gaza, 
who come to Israel to receive 
medical treatment. 

Pamela Brubaker, professor of 
religion at CLU oversaw the event. 

"We are committed to educating 
on global issues, and the Israeli- 
Palestinian conflict is one that gets 
a lot of publicity but not from the 

Photo by Doug Barnett - Photo Editor 

Cost of Peace: Ofra Lyth talks about the militarization of Israeli society, 
but she is still working to achieve peace. 

perspectives we heard tonight," 
Brubaker said. 

Junior Arturo Juarez thought the 
topic is one of great importance to 
American society. 

"America as a country and as an 
ally of Israel gives a lot of funding 
to Israel and in many ways 

contributes to the conflict," Juarez 

He said of the speakers, "They 
are an example that Jewish 
people and Palestinians can live 
in harmony and be diplomatic in 
trying to solve this great conflict 
that they face today." 

Scandinavian Festival celebrates Nordic heritage at CLU 

Jenny Guy 
Staff Writer 

Over 5,000 people flocked 
to CLU on April 16 and 17 for 
the 36th annual Scandinavian 
Festival, celebrating the Nordic 
cultures of Denmark, Finland, 
Iceland, Norway and Sweden. 

According to Richard Londgren, 
director of the Scandinavian 
Center at CLU, the Scandinavian 
American Cultural and Historical 
Foundation (SACHF) is the 
primary coordinator of this event, 
but many other organizations and 
volunteers are vital to bringing 
this festival to life. 

"We are emphasizing the 
festival as 'affordable family fun,'" 
Londgren said. "Kingsmen Park 
provides an appealing setting, and 
we offer a variety of music, dance, 
shopping, food, demonstrations, 
lectures, soccer and, on Sunday, a 
worship service in the Chapel." 

Londgren explained that a key 
part of the festival is to advance 
the SACHF mission of preserving 
and promoting Scandinavian 

Many of the attendees, like 
Londgren, come to the festival to 
embrace their heritage. 

"When I came here from 

Denmark, I began looking for 
a way to reconnect with my 
roots. When I heard about this 
festival, I knew I had to come," 
said Torkil Hammer, who plays 
the nyckelharpa, a traditional 
Swedish instrument. "So, the first 
year, I brought my instrument, 
Kristina, and began playing. This 
is now the 30th year Kristina and 
I have participated." 

The festival had other 
attractions to immerse the 
attendees in Scandinavian history 
and culture such as elkhounds. 

"Every year they ask us to 
come and every year we happily 
say, 'yes'. The elkhounds are just 
such a great attraction for the 
kids and, while they're enjoying 
them, we can tell them about 
the history of the breed, making 
it educational and fun," said 
Helen Johnson, member of the 
Norwegian Elkhound Association 
of Southern California. 

Booths, identified by names of 
different Scandinavian countries, 
lined Kingsmen Park with arts 
and crafts projects for participants 
of all ages. 

Seven -year- old Michael and his 
father Daniel Rosen decorated 
canvas tote bags with the word 
"fisk," meaning fish, at the 

Norwegian booth. 

"[My son] just loves coming to 
the festival," Rosen said. "This is 
our third year, and it's really great, 
because it is very family oriented. 
He obviously has a blast, and it's 
something I can feel good about 
as a parent because he is also 
learning about his heritage." 

Adjacent to the booths was 
a Viking encampment where 
visitors could explore the lives of 
the Vikings set in the time period 
of the Dark Ages. 

"We try to be as accurate with 
the time period as possible with 
everything from the food they ate, 
weaving and cloth production, 
to weapons they used," said 
Jaan Calderon, founder of the 
historical reenactment group, 
Ravens of Oden. 

Ravens of Oden was attending 
the Scandinavian Festival for the 
fourth time. 

The festivals food court, held 
in the pavilion outside of the 
Student Union Building, offered 
attendees a variety of traditional 
Scandinavian foods, such as 
a pancake-like dish called 
aebleskiver, Swedish meatballs 
and much more. 

A crowd favorite was Viking 
dogs, cooked up by members of 

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from Nuru visited CLU. 
After the rep's presentation, 
Hancock and the other five girls 
wanted to bring Be Hope to Her 
to CLU. 

"We have had weekly meetings 
ever since the Nuru rep came," 
Johnson said. 

"We marketed the event 
through Facebook and with the 
sponsorship of the Community 
Service Center, we were able to 
post signs and posters throughout 


Thirty-four people registered 
for the event and about 30 people 
participated in the walk. 

"The hardest part of planning 
this event was finding a time 
for making the event visible to 
the public, while allowing for 
the most student participation," 
Johnson said 

Hancock and these five students 
also raised money for Nuru. The 
money they raised will be spent 
on building a well in Kurian, 


Johnson said that they have 
raised about $900 through private 
donations and contributions from 

They also asked for $250 
donation from ASCLUG, and if 
allocated the president's office will 
match that donation. 

"This was a good cause, and an 
important issue," Kimball said. 
"All the credit goes to the students 
working with Olivia who made 
this event happen." 

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 
including Don Bielke and CLU 
President Chris Kimball. 

"[Viking dogs] are made of veal- 
pork sausage from Solvang and 
grilled with onions," said Bielke, 
who wore a horned Viking-style 
helmet and has been cooking 
these dogs at the festival for the 
last 32 years. 

Junior EUa Olmstead also took 
part in the event's festivities. 

"I'm really glad CLU has this 
festival," she said. "I just love 
coming to things like this and I 
think it is really neat that I can 
just walk out of my dorm and 
experience the Scandinavian 
culture, especially since it's free 
for students." 

Compass Statement 
clarifies Lutheran identity 

anna Halldorsdottii 
Staff Writer 

Last year, CLU's Board of Regents 
approved a Compass Statement 
that emphasizes the importance 
of the schools Lutheran identity. 

The Compass Statement had 
been in the making for about a 
year and a half, although the idea 
of writing such a statement has 
been around for much longer. 

"The pot's been on simmer and 
boil for about 10 years, and finally 
we were able to put this into some 
form," said California Lutheran 
University campus Pastor Scott 
Maxwell- Doherty, who was one 
of many who were involved in 
writing the statement. "It took us 
a long time because what we know 
about the university experience is 
that words matter, and we want to 
have the right set of words on the 
page to help people understand 
who we are." 

According to Maxwell -Doherty, 
the Compass Statement was 
drafted by the Office of University 
Ministries, which is a collection 
of offices that keep their eye on 
matters of Lutheran identity. 
Those offices include the Office 
of Church Relations, the Office of 
Campus Ministries, the Belgium 
Chair and the Segerhammar 


"It is a restating of CLU's 
Lutheran identity," said Dr. R. 
Guy Erwin, Belgium Chair in 
Lutheran Confessional Theology 
and professor of religion at CLU. 

The statement is divided into 
four paragraphs titled Trust, Care, 
Belief and Insight. 

According to Maxwell- Doherty, 
the 1 07- word statement is a 
quick and accessible reference for 
campus departments, including 
marketing and the office of 

Maxwell-Doherty said that 
people are generally reacting 
positively toward the statement 
and that it is important for CLU 
to have a set of words that people 
can look at and understand why 
CLU does the things it does. 

"The document has in it some 
very core convictions, but it also 
allows people to find themselves 
in that document in some way," 
Maxwell-Doherty said. "1 invite 
people to look at this document, 
and to wonder about ways in 
which they see it come alive on 


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• Generations 

8 p.m. Black Box Studio 

• The Need: £1 Salvador Emersion 

10:10 p.m. SUB 

• Books & Brew: "Thunderstruck" by 
Erik Larson 

4 p.m. Roth Nelson Room 

• Presenter Jason Soyster: his experience 
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5:30 p.m. NY1 

• Lecture: The Concert Hall that Fell 
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10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

• Eighth Annual New Music Concert 

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12:30 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

• "Generations" 

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• "Generations" 

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• Lord of Life Worship 

6:15 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

• Honors Convocation 

10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 

• Fourth Annual Festival of Scholars 

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Local emerging artists showcase their work in Ventura 


rad Hendrickson 
Staff Writer 

Each spring, Ventura hosts the 
ArtWalk, where emerging and 
professional artists can display 
their work outside of restaurants, 
stores, boutiques and coffee shops. 

On Saturday, there were over 200 
artists spread throughout 50 ven- 
ues. The art ranged from paint- 
ings, sculptures, glassblowing, live 
demonstrations and music. 

With heavy crowds, onlookers 
were provided with a few ways to 
tackle the ArtWalk. 

Participating businesses and art- 
ists were scattered throughout the 
streets of downtown so walking 
and seeing everything would've 
take hours. 

However, the ArtWalk provided 
a free shuttle that stopped at 12 
locations. Usually the event holds 

Photo courtesy of Toby Spir- 

Walk the Walk: One of the featured emerging artists displays his artwork 

a guided bike tour, but it was can- 
celed this year. 

"I take the shuttle tour every 
year. It doesn't hit all of the exhib- 
its, but it saves me a lot of time and 

it's free so I feel the need to take 
advantage of it," Ventura resident 
Sam Bystedt said. "My mom loves 
it here just as much as I do. Today 
she's dragging me to see a blues 

band at 2 p.m." 

This year, because the guided 
bike tour was canceled, those 
looking for a way to see more of 
the art stops had to make a tour of 
their own. 

"We heard the tour was canceled 
about two weeks ago, so we de- 
cided to bring out bikes anyways 
and blaze our own trail," Kathy 
Garcia and her husband, Mike, 
said. "We're starting at the Artists' 
Union Gallery like planned, and 
we're going to see as many spots as 
we can before seeing the fashion 
show at 4 p.m." 

Being an annual tradition, fami- 
lies and friends came out by the 
hundreds to congregate the streets 
of downtown Ventura to admire 
the work of the artists. 

"My favorite is the glassblowing 
over on Olive Street. You're actu- 
ally able to watch them make their 

art which is really cool," onlooker 
Robert Lewis said. "And with 
bands playing all day, my wife can 
relax with the kids while I walk 

However, the ArtWalk wasn't all 
about art.mThe weekend was full 
of fundraisers, beach cleanups. 
Earth Day festivals and open art 

The beach cleanup was open to 
all with a "just show up" policy, to 
participate and clean up the beach 
around the California Street Plaza. 

"These beaches are beautiful, but 
we can always help and make sure 
they stay this way," volunteer Can- 
dice Gasper said. 

The Ventura Spring ArtWalk is a 
tradition that celebrates the artis- 
tic abilities of many, helps benefit 
the environment, raises money for 
a worthy cause and provides ac- 
tivities for those of all ages. 

The suite life at CLU leaves some with a bitter taste 


essa Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

After much bargaining and de- 
liberation, suite selection took 
place on April 12 and 14 in Lun- 
dring Events Center, and ended 
on various notes for participants. 

During the first day of suite se- 
lection, Lundring was packed 
with students whose lottery num- 
bers ranged from 1 to 699. The 
process was baffling for some and 
spanned over three hours, rather 
than the intended two. 

"Suite selection is always a bit 
chaotic," said Nate Fall, senior co- 
ordinator of Residence Life. 

Sophomore Corrin Fox com- 
plained that she came at 5:45 p.m. 
as scheduled but had to wait two 
and a half hours before her num- 
ber was called. 

Although she was able to get into 
Grace Hall with three roommates, 
Fox realized that the apartment- 
style suites filled up very fast. 

"I know a few of my friends who 

are going to be juniors who got 
placed in Janss or Rass, and are 
very unhappy without the kitchen 
space," she said. 

According to Fall, a big differ- 
ence for suite selection this year 
is the fact that Trinity Hall is of- 
ficially open. 

However, with this option arose 
issues regarding the limited avail- 
ability of the single studios and 
six-person suites. 

Fall said that some of the 12 
studios were previously reserved 
for individuals who need special 
accommodations, which is deter- 
mined by the CAAR office. The 
rest are open to those with a low 
lottery number. 

Students who wanted to room in 
a six-person suite had to sign up 
in a group of six and had to have at 
least four seniors and two juniors 
among themselves. Seniors and 
juniors also received high prior- 
ity in choosing four-person suites 
in an effort to maintain Trinity an 
upperclassman hall. 

Resident assistant Ben Marti- 
nez, who volunteered to help dur- 
ing suite selection, observed that 
main reasons for dissatisfaction 
among participants include not 
getting the rooms they wanted 
and having to split up from their 

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A number of 
students were 
unable to secure 
a spot because 
they had a bal- 
ance over $500, 
their payments 
-did not go 

through in time or they filled out 

housing applications late. 

the kitchen 

Corrin Fox 

Hip-hop organization hosts annual showcase 

Jorge Martinez 
Staff Writer 

The Hip-Hop Organiza- 
tion, better known on campus 
as H20, is a group of 20 CLU 
students who come together 
to dance and perform at vari- 
ous events both on- and off- 

California Lutheran Univer- 
sity graduate Jenny Andrews 
founded the club in 2004. 

Now, the current president of 
the organization is senior Elsa 
Perez. This is her fourth year as 
a member and third serving as 
president of the organization. 

She enjoys her role on H20 
and has been very happy with 

the group throughout her time 
as president, 

"I am very proud of the mem- 
bers every year," she said. 

H20 practices for a couple 
hours per session, two times 
per week either in the Gil- 
bert Sports and Fitness Cen- 
ter dance studio or the Grace 

The group performs about 
once every month. To prepare 
for upcoming performances, 
practice times are often ex- 
tended to ensure everyone feels 
comfortable with the choreog- 

Even though most perfor- 
mances are at CLU events, H20 
also branches out and performs 

in other places throughout the 

On March 6 of this year, the 
group performed and volun- 
teered in a fundraising event in 
the city of Ventura. 

The event was "The Rhythm 
of Life," which is an event 
funded by the U.S. President's 
Emergency Plan for AIDS Re- 
lief (PEPFAR). 

Sophomore Brittany Walker, 
vice president of the club, has 
learned about more than dance 
from the group. 

"I have learned a lot about the 
hip-hop culture through mu- 
sic, dancing and sharing this 


In recognition of this, Fall ad- 
vises students who participate in 
future suite selections to take care 
of their loans and payment early 
on in the semester to avoid com- 

The second day of suite selection 
went smoother and was less hec- 
tic because of the fewer number 
of students. 

"It was so nice and easy for us," 
freshman Michelle Coulter-Nava 

However, she still noticed an 
overcrowding of the sign-up area. 
She also wished to have received 

more detailed instructions from 
the Residence Life office regard- 
ing the procedure. 

Suite selection is a give-and-take 
process and requires cooperation 
from all parties in order to run ef- 

Students who participate can 
also help speed up the process by 
filling out necessary paperwork 
and doing research ahead of time 
about hall layouts and prices. 

Residence Life will try to im- 
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April 21, 2010 

Students decry violence against women 

Haley de Vinney 
Staff Writer 

If you heard "People unite! 
Take Back the Night!" on the 
campus streets of Cal Lutheran 
last Wednesday night, those 
were the chants of students as 
they marched through campus 
participating in Take Back the 

The march was an event that 
began Wednesday, April 14, at 
6 p.m. Take Back the Night just 
celebrated its ninth birthday on 
the California Lutheran Univer- 
sity campus. This year the Well- 
ness Programs and the Femi- 
nism Is... Club hosted the event. 

The event was held to "raise 
awareness of, and educate on 
and fight against sexual assault 
and domestic violence," accord- 
ing to the official pamphlet of 
the event. 

Amanda Whealon, coordina- 
tor for Student Leadership and 
Programs and the director of 
Wellness Programs, lead the 

"I think it's important because 
it shows that there is support on 
this campus for people who are 
survivors of sexual assault and 

Photo by Robyn Poynter • Staff Photographer 
Cries of Hope: Students rallied to support victims of violence and assault. 

domestic violence" Whealon 
said. "It shows that we are rally- 
ing for change." 

About 100 students wandered 
in and out of the event, picking 
up fliers, participating in the 
march and learning about Take 
Back the Night. 

Representatives of Student 
Counseling Services, Planned 
Parenthood and the Coalition to 
End Family Violence were also 
at the event. 

They supplied students with 

handouts on self defense and 
general information on sexual 

Sara Pressy, the president of 
Feminism Is..., was also at the 
event, alongside her club table. 

"It's important for students 
to know that sexual assault can 
happen anywhere, anytime to 
anyone," Pressy said. 

During the night, students 
were encouraged to reflect on 
what survivors of sexual assault 
and domestic violence experi- 

The Fashion Plate: A Healthy Serving Each Week 

Spring forward into a new look 


Heather Taylor 

The New Ro- 

In spring, it 
is said that a 
young man's 
thoughts turn 
to fancy. My 
thoughts have 
entered like- 
wise, develop- 
ing crushes on 
ivory and lilac shaded clothing, 
everything with light and loose 
sleeves, antique jewelry and shorts 
as the bottom of choice; though I 
would never turn down my usual 
mainstay of the skirt. The kind of 
clothing perfect for simplicity, of 
park picnics and swinging, run- 
ning through the grass with friends 
and a permanent soundtrack sup- 
plied by Goldfrapp, Air, M83 and 
The Stone Roses. 

Where does one find dream- 
wear to take into the real world? 
Two places in particular specialize 
in this aesthetic, the first being the 
classic J. Crew. There was a time 
in my life where I swore I would 
never, ever don a piece from the 
clothing chain (this was definitely 
during my black lipstick phase). 

Times have changed obviously, 
because the online site is teeming 
with gorgeous finds for both guys 
and girls. 

Men's shirts are clearly denned 
in four different categories; light- 
weight, madras, utility and, my 
personal favorite, dress. The sun- 
faded solid Oxford shirt in a vari- 
ety of shades including shoreline 
blue and cool breeze is the perfect 
pair to the 484 slim jean. And 
if you decide to wear it, please, 
please invest in the Sutherland 
trench coat That khaki shade is 
subtle enough to show off the 
entire ensemble without clash- 
ing or appearing garish against a 
casual look. Plus, you'd certainly 
get my attention. I have a history 
of falling in love with a guy's out- 
fit simply for how well it was put 

For the ladies, something must 
have been in the air at J. Crew 
when they put together their bal- 
let flat department because that 
area is like a gold mine. Studded, 
peep-toe, metallic and leather; 
you name it, they have it and it is 
beyond hot. All the prettiest, light- 
est camis and floral printed pencil 

skirts line the virtual store. 

I am aware this site is not always 
the cheapest, but that's why they 
invented Instant Gratification. A 
sales rack with pieces all under 
$100 that seems to go on into in- 
finity. Brilliant! 

The second is lesser known, 
but that's part of the Ruche (pro- 
nounced "roosh") appeal. A wom- 
an's boutique based in California, 
Ruche is denned as "a ruffle or 
pleat of lace, muslin or other fine 
fabric used to decorate clothes. 

Boy, does it ever live up to its 
name. With prices akin to Forever 
21 and Charlotte Russe, Ruche 
is full-on feminine with bowtie 
skirts, the Callista English lace 
cardigan {it's nothing short of a 
masterpiece) and antique necklac- 
es shaped like scissors and spar- 
rows. The only downfall of Ruche 
is due to being an online based 
web site (, when 
things sell out, they're gone. This 
is an unsettling prospect for such 
romantic pieces so I advise check- 
ing out the site and maybe hitting 
that checkout counter on the way 
out. It is simply the best thing to 

"I hope that students have a 
chance to reflect on what a sur- 
vivor or a victim may be going 
through," Whealon said. 

"If something like this hap- 
pened to them I hope that they 
could see this event as a place 
of community and safety. But 
I also hope that it educates our 
students on what it means to 
have gone through sexual as- 
sault or sexual violence." 

The main part of the night 
was the march through campus. 
The crowd was given chants to 
yell as they walked. 

CLU students yelled things 
like "Yes means yes. No means 
no. Whatever we wear, wher- 
ever we go!" Some held signs 
as they walked proclaiming, "I 
heart consensual sex with pro- 

Every few minutes the march- 
ers stopped at designated points 
and listened to different per- 
formers. CLU students sang 
original songs, read poetry and 
played guitar expressing their 
feelings about the event. 

Stacy Gross, a guitar player 
and singer, was one of the per- 
formers and sang an original 
song at the event. 

"The thing I enjoyed most 
about the event was the feeling 
of empowerment and hope in 
light of such a serious, emotion- 
al subject," Gross said. "It was a 
beautiful, very moving night." 

The speakers told students the 
event often brings up difficult 
feelings and encouraged them 
to express their feeling on scraps 
of paper provided to them. 

The event ended with a candle- 
light vigil and an interpretative 
dance set to the song "Beautiful 
Flower" by India Arie. 

H20 brings 
culture to 

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with the other members of the 

group," she said. 

H20 not only practices and per- 
forms, but also hosts meetings in 
which the group discusses music 
as a form of art and learn from 
each other. 

As a freshman, Angel Oliver 
was very excited to become part 
of a Hip-Hop organization. 
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academic year. 

"It's more than I expected; H20 
is a lot more than a club and I am 
excited to be the president of the 
organization," Oliver said. 

H20 will be hosting its annual 
Hip-Hop Showcase Friday, April 
23, in the Gilbert Sports and Fit- 
ness Center. 

Members encourage families, 
friends and the CLU community 
to attend and experience the cul- 
tural movement of hip-hop. 

Next year looks promising for 
the group as H20 has already 
been contacted to perform in a 
local parade next fall. 

Margaret Nolan 

Matthew Kufeld 

Carly Robertson 

Caitlin Coomber 

Trace Ronning 

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Alex Lastort 
Hallie Walsh 
Mayan White 

Jonathan Culmer 

April 21, 2010 

the Echo 

FEATURES - Page 7 

Meshing 'Generations' 

Lauren Puopolo 
Staff Writer 

CLU students teamed up with 
the residents of University Vil- 
lage for the new play, "Genera- 
tions," which opened April 15 in 
the Black Box Studio. 

The production of the play be- 
gan this past September, when 
chair of the Theatre Arts De- 
partment and director of "Gen- 
erations," Ken Gardner, took 
his students to the University 
Village retirement home to hear 
stories and past experiences 
from the retired residents. 

Freshman Sarah Thiele de- 
scribed the play as "dynamic and 

The play is about a mother, 
June, who passes away leaving 
her aged husband, Alan, to live 

The conflict begins when their 
two daughters, Alex and Linda, 
struggle to convince their father 
that the best thing for him is to 
be moved to a retirement home 
where he can be cared for. 

Linda, a single mother, can't 
seem to find commonality with 
her teenage kids, which leads 
them to look at other unlikely 
members of the family to receive 
advice and guidance. 

Sara Burgess, who plays Alex, 
noted that the University Village 
residents had a major impact on 
how the characters' lines were 

"We basically wrote Alan's 
character for Gene [a resident of 
University Village] because we 
had him in mind when we were 
thinking about a character," 

Burgess said. 

Burgess said that this was a 
first-time acting experience for 
the University Village residents 
and she was "highly impressed." 

According to the director's 
note on the "Generations" pro- 
gram, it took two months before 
coming up with a storyline, but 
the entire script was written this 

"The people at the University 
Village have been so welcoming 
and so helpful, it was a really 
great experience. I would love to 
work with them again anytime," 
Burgess said. 

According to Gardner, the 
message of the play is that there 
are "similarities and differences 
between generations." 

The play is a workshop pro- 
duction, which Gardner said 
meant that the play was a con- 
stant work-in-progress. 

Although Gardner claims that 
neither he nor California Lu- 
theran University has any plans 
for working with University Vil- 
lage again, Gardner does add, 
"We'd love to have the residents 
come over and work on other 

The play runs an hour and 45 
minutes with one 15 minute in- 

The Black Box Studio is small, 
so plan on arriving early to get a 
good seat. The studio consists of 
three areas where all of the acts 
take place. 

"Generations" will run at 8 
p.m. April 21, 22 and 24, and at 
2 p.m. April 25. Tickets are $10; 
free with a CLU ID. 

iPad has skeptics 


rad Hendrickson 

Staff Writer 

At regular intervals, Apple 
comes out with a new gadget that 
sets the bar for competitors. 

It all started with the first - 
generation iPod in 2001, then 
the iPhone in 2007 and now the 
Apple iPad, a hybrid computer 
that has introduced a new class 
of technology, combining smart 
phones and computers. 

The iPad, which went on sale 
earlier this month, runs on Ap- 
ple's iPhone OS operating system, 
yet incorporates a 9.7 inch multi- 
touch LCD display that allows 
more user actions. 

With features like these, sopho- 
more Kevin Privalle thinks that 
the iPad is an obvious choice. 

"There is no contest. If I bought 
a Kindle, I would be limited to 
just reading books. On the iPad 
I can read colored comics, check 
my Facebook or e-mail and 
download movies on iTunes," Pri- 
valle said. 

Communication professor Dr. 
Druann Pagliassotti has recently 
become an iPad owner. 

For Pagliasotti, iPad offers con- 

"I use my MacBook Pro all the 

time in the classroom, but it's 
heavy and somewhat awkward to 
carry around," she said. 

"One of my hopes for the iPad 
is that I'll be able to use it to ac- 
cess my lecture notes more conve- 
nientiy; I'll be able to carry it in 
one hand while I walk around the 

However, there has been debate 
as to whether or not Apples latest 
creation is worth the $499 price 
Junior Kara Gerald tested an 
iPad at a local Apple store. 

"It feels the same as my iPhone. 
I have an iBook, and it just runs 
much more smoothly. I can't even 
keep more than one program 
open on this [iPad]," Gerald said. 

Thousand Oaks resident Gina 
Seidenglanz, who has a brother 
in England, suggested that the de- 
vice needs a camera for Skyping. 

"This camera-less feature is 
strange, considering even the 
iPhone came standard with one," 
Seidenglanz said. 

Only time will tell if this prod- 
uct is an adequate design capable 
of successfully bridging the gap 
between the smart phone and 
computer and if it is yet another 
Apple gadget that has pushed the 

He Said, She Said: A little of him, a little of her 

Avoiding foot faults and gutter balls 



Antoine Adams 

If you're looking for some ex- 
citement or have the urge to 
blow off a little steam, then head 
to the nearest bowling alley. 

Last Thursday night was the 
senior social held at Harley's 
Simi Bowl in Simi Valley. 

Between the cheap food and 
beer, everyone is guaranteed to 
have a great time. 

As for the actual game of bowl- 
ing, I don't actually have much 
consistency or grace. 

One set everything is going 
great, and then the next I can 
barely hit the pins. 

Allie tried to sneak a win then 
rubbed it in my face. After I no- 
ticed that she had natural tal- 
ent, I knew I had to step up my 
game. I stopped fooling around, 
ceased my granny-style bowls 
and attempted to eliminate gut- 
ter balls. 

1 had way too much fun throw- 
ing the ball as hard as I could. I 
think I had the bowl rolling at 
a 15 miles-per-hour pace at one 

I put my game face on and 
managed to make a comeback. 
My athletic ability eventually 
came through, and I won a game 
or two. 

I couldn't let Allie get the best 
of me, or else I would be hearing 

about it for at least a week. 

I would encourage every- 
one to go bowling. It is not far 
away from campus, and it pro- 
vides something to do on bor- 
ing nights when you have time 
on your hands and $10 in your 

Don't forget the celebratory 
moonwalk to Michael Jackson 
after a high score or strike. 


Alexandra Butler 

Dear creators of bowling, 
whomever invented the rule of 
a foot fault in bowling was very 

For those who do not know 
about bowling, a foot fault is 
when your foot crosses a certain 

I bowled two gutter balls be- 
fore I finally redeemed myself 
with a beautiful strike. 

I jumped for joy, until Antoine 
informed me it didn't count be- 
cause of a foot fault. Dang it. 

Well, I have a new rule: players 
should be able to pick between 
bumpers or no foot fault rule. 

I learned the first step to hav- 
ing a successful bowl is to get 
the correct ball. 

At first, I thought the lighter 
the better, but I never real- 
ized that sometimes a ball that 
weighs more can more easily 

knock down pins. 

Another law of bowling I came 
across involved acts of courtesy. 
I had no idea you couldn't bowl 
at the same time as everyone 

These big-bad guys in the lane 
next to us would give me the 
death stare for walking up to the 
lane at the same time. 

I could care less; ladies go first. 

The bowling alley is a great 
place to people watch, especially 
the macho group of guys who 
feel they need to throw the ball 
as hard as possible. 

People were taking the game 
very seriously, and trying to ac- 
complish an advance spin move 
on the ball. 

To me, bowling is just a fun, 
laid back activity, but some play- 
ers were literally getting purple 
in the face when they scored low. 

I guess you're not a tough guy 
unless you try to throw a 12- 
pound ball at some pins. 

This game is something I of- 
ten forget about, but wish I did 
more often. 

I was excited that the senior 
night was at Harley's. However, 
I only saw two lanes with CLU 
seniors. The bowling was only 
$6 and beer was only $2. 

All in all I really enjoyed my- 
self. I love a little challenge, and 
thanks to Wii bowling I'm a pro. 
Not to mention, I let Antoine 


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Senate tries to muffle 'the Echo' 

The 49-year-old publication is and always has been open to all Cal Lutheran students 



Editor in Chief 

"Clubs and publications must 
be open to all students and follow 
university policy as outlined in the 
University Student Handbook." 

This new statement in the school 
Constitution seems cut and dry. 
Any CLU club or publication must 
be open for participation by all 

However, in the eyes of your 
Senate members, this sentence 
means the Echo — California 
Lutheran University's student 
newspaper since 1961 — would no 
longer qualify to receive funding 
from student fees because they do 
not think the Echo is open to all 

The biggest flaw in this 
amendment is that nowhere does 
it define what it means for a club 
or publication to be "open to all 


Does that mean every meeting, 
every event and every decision 
made needs to be open for every 
single student at the university at 
any given time? If that is the case, 
then you will be hard-pressed to 
find a club that fits that requirement, 
as even the groups under ASCLUG 
do not qualify. 

According to the minutes from 
the April 12 Senate meeting, one 
representative claimed that, "We're 
not trying to close down the Echo, 
and I just think it should be open to 
all students, even if that just means 
any student can submit writings 
and then the editors pick what 
pieces go in each week." 

News flash: That is exactly what 
the current policy is. 

While there is a prerequisite for 
the academic class — Comm. 
333, Working on the Echo — 
being enrolled in the class is not a 
requirement to work on the paper. 

Anyone can work for the paper. 1 
am the editor-in-chief but am not 
receiving any course credit for my 

Each week, there is a box printed 
on page 9 of the paper that 
encourages all students to submit 
responses and articles to the Echo 
for possible publication. 

Each week at the top of page 6, 
there are opinions of the student 
body in the Campus Quotes. Each 
week, there are advertisements, 
submitted by students, promoting 
events put on by the various offices 
on campus that are meant for 
students to attend. 

Also, with the addition of the 
Echo Web site, which will be 
going live within the next couple 
weeks, all students will be able to 
submit blogs, post comments on 
stories, upload videos, answer poll 
questions and many other things 
that will bring even more student 
participation to the Echo than there 
already is. 

We have had students in the past 
who have wanted to write for the 
paper but could not commit to 
the Friday class and didn't want 
the course credit for writing. They 
showed up every Monday, got their 
story and were reliable reporters 

Still a need for 'the NEED' 

The NEED will not be on campus 
next year. 

Since the beginning of the school 
year, Wednesday nights at 10:10 
in the Student Union Building 
(SUB) meant a hot drink and a cool 
performance by a fellow student or 
visiting artist. 

But due to lack of attendance, the 
money once used to finance the 
NEED will be dispersed elsewhere. 

Meant to resemble an open-mic 
night at a coffee shop, the NEED 
provides a venue for those who 
want to take the stage, as well as a 
safe, comfortable gathering spot 
for students to come and enjoy an 

Students are offered a selection 
of tea or hot chocolate at no charge 
and a seat at a table with a little 
votive candle, while they support 
their fellow students or musical act. 

But the beauty of the NEED 
extends far beyond atmosphere. 

"Live music is a dying art form," 
junior Student Life NEED intern 
Chaz Hodges said. "The NEED 
upholds real music." 

The NEED is reminiscent of a 
time before iTunes and Myspace 
music, when watching music being 
created live was valued and sought 
after. To see a live musical act 
means to actually be a part of the 
music. One's presence in the crowd 

may be seemingly unimportant, 
but each spectator contributes 
an energy and enthusiasm to 
the environment in which the 
art is being produced, therefore 
influencing and becoming part of 
the music itself. 

Hodges has been in charge of the 
NEED for the 2009-2010 academic 
year and has a good reason why the 
NEED is as much fun to attend as it 
is to perform at. 

"We all have that secret hope of 
having our own set. It's one and 
half hours of you or your band 
entertaining your friends and the 
student body," she said. 

Indeed, the most successful 
NEEDs have been those with 
performances from Cal Lu 
students. Watching someone from 
one of your classes perform helps 
to bridge the gap between audience 
and entertainer and also allows 
for Cal Lu students to support one 

Because the NEED is run by and 
for the students, it is easy to see 
why it has become a meaningful 
part of Cal Lu culture. In addition 
to facilitating live music, the NEED 
also creates a strong sense of 

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campus community. Many students 
are campus-bound and the NEED 
offers them a local, safe alternative 
to other nighttime activities. 

Most importantly, the NEED 
allows students a platform to 
cultivate performance skills. 
Should anyone wish to go into the 
entertainment industry, having 
experience performing in front of 
a crowd will surely work to his or 
her benefit. Having the NEED on 
campus lets students know that 
art, music and self-expression is 
important and worth developing. 
We need the NEED because it is, 
for many students, one step closer 
to making dreams come true. 

The NEED is more than a coffee 
shop set-up with a microphone. It's 
a place for one-of-a-kind college 
memories to be created. 

"The best nights are when there's 
a full SUB and everyone is warm 
with a nice cup of hot chocolate or 
peppermint tea," Hodges said. "You 
look around, and it's just silent - 
everyone's into it." 

For further information on 
the remaining three NEED 
events, send an e-mail to Need@ 

for the paper. However, if one 
chooses to not follow the rules and 
regulations that are set forth by the 
Echo, he or she can be dismissed 
from a regular writing position, just 
as a representative can be removed 
from office of ASCLUG. 

In that situation, one would 
still be able to submit stories but 
would by no means be guaranteed 
publication. This helps guarantee 
we print work that is only of 
journalistic merit so that we can 
continue to be credited as a reliable 
news source. 

As I understand it, student fees are 
supposed to fund the vast amount 
of student clubs and publications 

that exist on the CLU campus. 

It is not possible for all students to 
be part of all clubs and publications 
as that would make us a student 
body of copycats instead of the 
diverse student body we claim to be. 

So one last time, to dear up all 
doubts and uncertainties, the Echo 
is open for any and all students to 
participate and give submissions to. 

Thus, the only requirement put 
forth by the amendment that we are 
not currendy fulfilling is the new 
community service requirement. 

And you better believe you will 
see the Echo editing staff at next 
years Fall Service Day leaving their 
mark in the CLU community. 

Dangers of nuclear power no longer a 
concern to the college-age generation 

at the cost of peoples' lives and 

Another disadvantage to 
using nuclear power is that the 
plants could become terrorist 
targets. Nuclear plants, instead 
of buildings or cities, could be 
targeted because the attack would 
cause much more devastation to 
the surrounding area. 

I look around, and it seems 
college-age people and young 
people are generally not 
concerned about Obama's 
decision to try and use 
nuclear power. According to, nuclear 

power plants caused a large stir 
of protests in the late 1970s that 
became known as the "Anti- 
nuclear movement." 

Why doesn't our generation 
seem to be as concerned about 
the dangers of nuclear power? 

It could be because older 
generations saw the devastation 
brought on by nuclear power in 
World War II. 

They also were alive to witness 
the Chernobyl incident. A 
nuclear plant was operated 
inadequately, causing a massive 
explosion in 1986. As a result, the 
plant workers were killed, and 28 
more people died weeks later due 
to radiation poisoning. Not only 
did innocent people die but the 
environment was harmed. 

According to Worldnuclear. 
com, "the resulting steam 
explosion and fires released at 
least 5 percent of the radioactive 
reactor core into the atmosphere 
and downwind." 

Obama's proposal to find 
alternative fuel through using 
the potential of nuclear power 
may sound good on the surface, 
but the negative realities are 
numerous and frightening. 

I hope proper precautions are 
taken to make these plants safe for 
the environment and humanity 
because the potential for nuclear 
power to destroy is undeniable. 

Obama plans to use nuclear 
energy in the coming years as an 
alternative to fossil fuel because 
climate change has become a 
major concern for Americans in 
recent years. 

Fossil fuels release large 
amounts of carbon dioxide into 
the atmosphere, causing the 
progression of global warming. 

According an article on, "Obama has 
pledged to spend $8 billion to 
fund the building of nuclear 
reactors in an attempt to find 
an alternative to fossil fuels." He 
plans to harness our potential 
in clean energy by investing 
in advanced bio fuels and coal 

Getting away from our 
dependence on fossil fuels may 
seem too good to be true, and 
unfortunately it is. Although 
there are advantages to nuclear 
power, such as the fact that it only 
emits small amounts of carbon 
dioxide and won't add to climate 
change as much as fossil fuels, the 
disadvantages of using nuclear 
power are vast and scary. 

Nuclear power plants would 
likely emit nuclear, radioactive 
wastes, which are carcinogenic. 
This waste is highly dangerous 
to humans as well as the 

The world has seen an 
exponential rise in cancer rates, 
and the creation of more nuclear 
power plants will likely only 
make these rates go up. 

Personally, I would rather see 
climate changes due to actual 
global warming than a rise in 
cancer rates. Climate change 
prevention is important but not 

April 21, 2010 

the Echo 

OPINION - Page 9 

Confederate History Month decree lacks significance 

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell 
is an idiot, and I'll tell you why. 

Having declared April as 
Confederate History Month 
without even minutely 

acknowledging the practice of 
slavery in the state of Virginia, 
it's become very clear to me that 
McDonnell isn't the sharpest 
tool in the shed. 

How could one live in, let alone 
govern, a state so historically 
important and omit such a huge 
portion of that state's history? 

Subliminal or not, denying the 

existence of African-American 
slaves in any state is racism. 

Contrary to popular belief, this 
isn't just an African-American 
issue. McDonnell's recent 
careless actions have caused 
many Americans of all races to 
ask some very direct questions. 

Some ask why celebrate 
Confederate history at all. 

What is even slightly 
appealing about celebrating 
states that thrived only by 
the disenfranchisement and 
inhumane treatment of a 
perceived weaker people? 

According to McDonnell, the 
purpose of Confederate History 
Month and his official decree 
was to promote Virginia tourism 
and highlight significant "issues" 
in the state. 

In a nation built on the backs 

of slaves, it is preposterous for 
anyone including McDonnell to 
believe an omission of slavery in 
his decree was truly highlighting 
significant "issues" in Virginia's 

I question McDonnell's timing. 

With so many believing our 
nation to be so much more 
racially conscious now that 
Obama is in office, how could 
McDonnell make such a blatant 
mistake now? 

Though, when it comes to 
Virginia, its governors don't 
have the best track record 
when it comes to making 
decrees concerning the state's 
Confederate past. 

Since as early as 1997, two 
other governors have made 
similar proclamations starting 
with former Gov. George Allen, 

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It was announced early last week 
that beloved television icon Oprah 
Winfrey will be getting her own 
TV network cleverly titled OWN 
(Oprah Winfrey Network). 

Oprah, who just a few months 
ago confirmed that her popular 
daytime show would soon be com- 
ing to an end, is slated to take over 
the Discovery Health Channel in 
January 2011. 

According to OWN's official Web 
site, "The Oprah Winfrey Network 
will be a 24/7 cable network de- 
voted to self-discovery, to connect- 
ing you to your best self and to the 

The many new shows that Oprah 
has in the works for OWN all bring 
something new to the table. 

For example, the show "Why 
Not? With Shania Twain" will fol- 
low country superstar Twain and 
her new life after her very public 
divorce and new romance. 

Shows following the fives of ce- 
lebrities are nothing new, but with 
Oprah at the helm there is a certain 
sense of integrity attached, which 
makes usually private celebrities 
open up. I doubt that Shania Twain 
would have ever considered shar- 
ing her life with viewers on a VH1 
or MTV reality show. 

Following in the footsteps of the 
Dr. Oz Show, Oprah is also giving 
shows to other reoccurring guests 
from Oprah's current daytime 

Gayle King, Oprah's best friend, 
will be getting her own show, along 
with Dr. Laura Berman and Lisa 

For those who don't know what 
they will do without their daily 
dose of Oprah, don't fret! Oprah 
herself will have two new shows on 
her network. 

One of the shows will be "Behind 
the Scenes: The Oprah Show Final 
Season," which will be a documen- 
tary series. The second show will be 
"Oprah's Next Chapter," which will 
follow Oprah around the world 
as she interviews people from all 
walks of life. 

The show I can't wait to watch is 
"Visionaries: Inside the Creative 
Mind," which will feature people 
such as James Cameron and Lady 
Gaga as they discuss their creative 
processes that have made them 

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into what they are today. 

True to Oprah fashion, the legend 
will also be making dreams come 
true as she searches for the next big 
thing in "Your Own Show: Oprah's 
Search for the Next TV Star." 

Along with these shows, the net- 
work will also feature already pop- 
ular types of programming such 
as the decluttering of homes and 
following the family fives of lesser 
known celebrities, such as former 
professional surfer Izzy Paskowitz, 
but all with the Oprah twist and 
uplifting morals, of course. 

Everything Oprah touches turns 
to gold, and OWN will be no dif- 

Oprah's faithful audience will 
now be entertained all day instead 
of just the usual hour she is on the 

The new network seems like the 
next logical step for the TV icon. 
The shows all look like they will 
turn out to be smart and informa- 
tive while doing what Oprah does 
best: entertain. 

followed by Gov. Jim Gilmore. 
At least Gilmore had the decency 
to include anti-slavery language 
in his proclamation. 

Virginia's last Democrat 
govenor, Tim Kaine, has been 
the only governor of the state 
in recent years to denounce 
and refuse to acknowledge 
Confederate History Month 

As disappointing as 

McDonnell's original decree 
was, he has made many efforts 
to acknowledge his mistake in 
omitting the practice of slavery 
in Virginia's Confederate past. 

The revision of the decree 
included a sharp criticism of 

"Whereas, it is important for 
all Virginians to understand 

that the institution of slavery 
led to this war and was an evil 
and inhumane practice that 
deprived people of their God- 
given inalienable rights and all 
Virginians are thankful for its 
permanent eradication from our 
borders, and the study of this 
time period should reflect upon 
and learn from this painful part 
of our history," McDonnell said. 

Yet, with this addition, there is 
still much to be desired. 

What if McDonnell's 

critics never openly sought 
an explanation for his 
proclamation's slavery exclusion? 
Would McDonnell still have 
acknowledged his mistake and 
appropriately edited it? 

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April 21, 2010 


Regals grind away at struggling Caltech Beavers 

Win puts CLU 
on top of the 
SCIAC for now 

Sasha Voinovich 
Staff Writer 

The Beavers of California Insti- 
tute of Technology were no match 
for the CLU women's water polo 
team. The Regals claimed a 22-2 
victory at the Samuleson Aquatic 
Center this past Saturday. 

California Lutheran senior and 
team captain Meredith Butte put 
a point on the board within the 
first minute of the game, and the 
Regals managed to score four 
more goals in the first quarter. 

Senior Joy Cyprian, junior Bob- 
by Sanders, sophomore Kelsey 
Bergemann and freshman Shan- 
non Streeter were responsible for 
the rest of the first quarter goals. 

Caltech's Hanna Dodd proved 
to be the only hope for the Bea- 
vers, scoring both Caltech goals 
on Saturday. The Beavers have 
only been able to come away with 
one win this season, which was 
against Chatham University. 

"We tried to work on funda- 
mentals this game like crisp wing 
outs and ball side defense: things 
we can practice as much as pos- 
sible before playing teams where 

Photo by Kevin Baxter- Sports Information 

Fantastic Five: Senior Joy Cyprian was one of five Regals to score in the first quarter on Saturday. 

these things are crucial," Berge- 
mann said. "Personally, I want to 
contribute to the team as much 
as possible so we can be back-to- 
back SCIAC Champs." 

Junior Sarah Mock put up two 
goals in the final minutes of the 
half, extending the lead 8-1 for 
the Regals. 

The Regals were able to score 
five more goals during the third 

quarter thanks to Sanders and 
sophomore Tiffany Ly. 

"Our coach reminds us that 
even though we are playing an 
easier team, it doesn't mean we 
have to compromise on our de- 
fense," Ly said. "So in the game, 
our main focus is still the same: 
preventing them from scoring." 

The Regals were 13-2 over the 
Beavers heading into the fourth 


The pool was dominated by 
the CLU freshmen in the fourth 
quarter, who managed to put up 
another nine goals. Sarah Con- 
ners and Streeter put in three 
goals, Janelle Corugedo put in 
two and Neika Maryn finished 
the day with the final goal of the 
game for the Regals. 

"We're making sure that we go 

into every game with the same 
intensity we would a champion- 
ship game. No team should be 
seen as an easy win. We know 
that we have to work really hard 
to defend the title," Ly said. 

Streeter was the leading scorer 
of the morning, ending the day 
with five goals for the Regals. 
Right behind her was Berge- 
mann, Conners and Sanders 
each with three goals apiece. 

Sophomore Jane Galluzzi had to 
watch this game from the bench 
because of a fractured hand. 

"Watching from the sidelines 
was new to me. I found that this 
game was a great opportunity 
for younger players to step their 
game up," Galluzzi said. "I am 
glad we have a lot of skilled play- 
ers. It's great to know that we are 
a team that has the talent to re- 
cover if someone is injured." 

The Regals will continue their 
quest to repeat as SCIAC Cham- 
pions Wednesday, April 21, at 5 
p.m. at the Samuelson Aquatic 
Center, hosting the Athenas of 
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. On 
Saturday, April 24, the Regals 
will host Whittier in their last 
season game at 1 1 a.m. 

"Nobody wants to win as much 
as we do," Bergemann said. "I 
know we have everything it 
takes to be an amazing team and 
champions again." 

Covering All The Bases: 

NFL Draft goes prime time 


In an attempt to widen its appeal 
and attract a larger TV audience, 
ESPN and the NFL decided to move 
the first round of the draft from its 
usual time slot on Saturday morning 
to Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 

Casual fans may be intrigued by 
the move to Thursday night, but I 
think this move may actually turn off 
longtime fans of the traditional draft 
format Fans will watch regardless of 
the time, but the perception is that the 
NFL changed its tradition strictly for 
the almighty dollar. 

This maybe the final draft in which 
rookies receive excessively large con- 
tracts in the first round. It has become 
such a problem that many rookies be- 
come the highest-paid player at their 
position in the league without prov- 
ing a thing. It is widely speculated by 
NFL analysts that rookie contracts 
will be scaled way back by the time 
the draft rolls around next year, so 
the draft saw a huge influx of under- 
classmen who hope to break the bank 
while they still can. 

A glaring area of concern for NFL 
front offices is the conduct and be- 
havior of their players. The recent an- 
tics of Ben Roethlisberger and Shaun 
Rogers have highlighted the need 
for talent evaluators to focus on how 
players perform off the field. Make 
no mistake, talent still trumps every- 
thing else, but teams do not want to 
be publicly embarrassed by their in- 

It's clear by now the NFL is very 
much a pass-oriented league. In 
2009, there were 10 4,000-yard pass- 
ers in the league — the most ever for 
a single season. This trend figures to 
continue into the future, which puts 
added value on four positions: quar- 
terbacks, pass protectors, pass rushers 
and comerbacks. 

The No. 1 overall pick in this year's 
draft belongs to the St Louis Rams, 
who have now only won five games 
in the past three seasons and picked 
in the top two each year as a result 
They have ignored a growing need 
for a quarterback for way too long 
now and cannot afford to make that 
mistake again this year. 

For that reason, I would be shocked 
if Oklahoma quarterback Sam Brad- 
ford is not their choice. Even with 
concerns about the health of his 
shoulder, Bradford's accuracy, intel- 
ligence and leadership should make 
him a very good quarterback in the 

NFL with a little time. 

Defensive tackle is historically one 
of the hardest positions to draft, es- 
pecially in the top 10. But Nebraskas 
Ndamukong Suh and Oklahomas 
Gerald McCoy both look to buck that 
trend. They are widely considered to 
be the best players in the entire draft, 
with virtually nothing separating 
the two. The Detroit Lions (No. 2) 
and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 3) 
should be ecstatic to have them fall 
into their laps. How the Lions will 
choose between the two is still a mys- 
tery to me. 

The Washington Redskins shook 

up the entire draft when they traded 
for Donovan McNabb. It was as- 
sumed that new coach Mike Shanah- 
an would want to draft a quarterback 
with the No. 4 pick, but now they are 
free to select another position. Their 
offensive line was atrocious last year, 
so an offensive tackle like Oklahoma 
States Russell Okung would be a wise 
pick to protect their new signal caller. 
Safety has long been a devalued po- 
sition in the NFL, and it is very rare to 
see a safety selected in the top five, but 
Tennessee's Eric Berry may change 
that this year. He absolutely terrorized 
SEC quarterbacks the past three years 

and is one of the most complete safe- 
ties to emerge from the college ranks. 
Hopefully the Chiefs won't be dumb 
enough to pass on him with the No. 

However, the unpredictable na- 
ture of the draft is what has made it 
so popular and why even a ploy to 
mainstream it will not stop fans from 
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the Echo 

SPORTS -Page 11 

Women's tennis secures fifth place in championship 

After first round 
upset, Regals 
sweep to finish 


osh Larson 
Staff Writer 

Photo by Trace Ronning - Sports Editor 
Final Four: Kim Kolibas won her last four matches of the tournament. 

The Regals played three 
matches over the weekend in the 
SCIAC Championships hosted 
by Whittier College and took 
home fifth place. 

The young team didn't place 
as high as they did last year, but 
five of their top six singles play- 
ers are sophomores or freshmen, 
so they have time to progress. 

On the first day of the SCIAC 
Championships, the fourth- 
seeded Cal Lutheran women's 
tennis team dropped its first 
round match 5-2 against No. 5 
Occidental in the morning and 
came back with a 9-0 victory in 
the afternoon over No. 8 Caltech 
in the second round. 

Against Occidental, the Regals 
trailed 2-1 after doubles in the 
opening round match. 

Sophomores Holly Beaman 
and Jordan Leckness won the 
first point for CLU by defeating 
Jessica Go and Katrina Gould 
8-2 at No. 2 doubles, but an 8-6 
loss at No. 1 doubles and an 8-3 
loss in the third doubles match 
put the Regals behind early. 

Junior Lacey Gormley picked 
up the second point for CLU 
with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 sin- 

gles over Isabelle Ying. 

Occidental would then seal the 
deal on the match by claiming 
victories in the second, third 
and fourth singles matches. 

After the opening loss, the 
Regals would bounce back in 
their second round match with 
a sweep against the Caltech Bea- 

Leckness and Beaman won 
8-0 in the No. 2 doubles match, 
Gormley and freshman Lauren 
Toohey were 8-1 winners in the 
third doubles match and sopho- 
more Kim Kolibas and freshman 
Carly Mouzes secured an 8-5 
win in the top doubles match. 

Toohey was the first to finish 
in singles and won 6-0, 6-0 in 
the fourth singles match. She 
was followed by Beaman's 6-0, 
6-1 win at No. 3 singles that gave 
CLU its fifth point and secured 
the victory for the Regals. 

Leckness, Gormley, Mouzes 
and Kolibas all took home victo- 
ries of their own to complete the 
sweep of the Beavers. 

On the following day, the Re- 
gals competed in the fifth place 
match against the University of 
La Verne and immerged victo- 
rious with a consecutive clean 

The Regals cruised their way 
through doubles play with wins 
of 8-1, 8-2 and 8-2. Kolibas and 
Mouzes won 8-1 at No. 1 dou- 
bles while Leckness and Beaman 
won in the second match and 
Toohey and Gormely were vic- 

torious at No. 3 doubles. 

Kolibas secured a 6-1, 6-2 win 
in the top singles match. Leck- 
ness won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 and 
Beaman was a 6-3, 6-0 winner in 
the third singles match. 

Toohey, Gormely and Mouz- 
es also won their matches and 
completed the sweep for CLU 
against La Verne. 

"The Oxy match was definite- 
ly a hard loss but after that we 
had to regroup and win the next 
matches. We never got too nega- 
tive and by staying positive it 
helped us win the next matches 
pretty easily," Beaman said. 

The Regals finished its season 
on a high note and with an over- 
all record of 11-8 along with a 
6-4 SCIAC record. 

The 11 wins ties for the most 
wins in a single season by a new 
coach. Coach Vanessa McPad- 
den shares the record with for- 
mer coach Ben Robertson in 

Members of the Regals tennis 
team will be in action at the Ojai 
Tournament April 22-25. 

On deck 

Cal Lutheran 

at Ojai Tournament 

Gilbert Arena 
Thurs. 7 p.m. 

Cal Lutheran's record thrower 


ndrew Adams 
Staff Writer 

Senior Christa Youngern's 
collegiate career has already 
been succesful, and she has the 
chance to further improve upon 
that next weekend in the SCIAC 

Youngern has already earned 
the honor of holding the Cali- 
fornia Lutheran University re- 
cord in both the shot put, discus 
throw and the hammer throw, 
and judging from her confidence 
level, she might have a chance to 
improve upon them. 


"To be in a place of confidence, 
where I know what I'm doing 
to a certain extent and have an 
understanding of technique, is 
just a wonderful place to be," 
Youngern said. "I finally feel like 
my personal bests accurately re- 
flect on the time and effort I put 
into them." 

Youngern has placed No. 11 
and No. 18, respectively, in Na- 
tionals the past two years as 

the only Cal Lutheran track & 
field representative. In a season 
where Youngern has been set- 
ting new records almost every 
week, she also hopes to keep her 
streak of SCIAC championships 

Over the past two seasons, 
Youngern has won the SCIAC 
championship in both the ham- 
mer throw and the shot put. She 
also finished second and third in 
the discus throw. 

"I can't explain in words what 
[Youngern] has meant to this 
team in her tenure here at CLU," 
coach Matt Lea said. "She has by 
far been one of the greatest track 
and field to ever come through 
CLU. She is one of the main rea- 
sons that our women are con- 
tending for a title this season 
and finished second last season. 
We have been very lucky to have 
coached [Youngern] and had her 
as a part of this program." 

There were signals that 
Youngern would have a unique 
career at CLU when she became 
SCIAC Champion in the discuss 
throw as a freshman. 

"We knew we had something 
special when she was able to win 
a competition like the SCIAC 
Championship so early in her 
college career," throwing coach 
Lucais MacKay said. 

With the SCIAC Champion- 
ships coming up, Youngern is 
hoping to continue both her and 

her team's strong season. Com- 
ing off their last tournament in 
Occidental, where Youngern 
placed first in the hammer 
throw, discus and shot put, the 
track team will travel to Pomona 
for the championships on April 

In the third SCIAC quad at Oc- 
cidental, the Regals beat all three 
of their opponents in Clare- 
mont-Mudd-Scripps, Pomona- 
Pitzer and Occidental. They will 
head into the conference finals 
in first place. 

"I believe we will continue 
to show what we're made of 
at the SCIAC Championship," 
Youngern said. "The team has 
wanted to win league for a cou- 
ple of years now, and we have 
a very decent chance at mak- 
ing that happen. We're going to 
bring it." 

With their recent success 
against conference opponents, 
they are the frontrunner to be 
first at the tournament's close. 

On deck 

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vs. SCIAC 

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April 21, 2010 

Kingsmen fall just short of making tennis history 

Amanda Lovett 
Staff Writer 

For the second time all season, 
Kingsmen tennis lost to Clare- 
mont-Mudd-Scripps, 6-3, in the 
SCIAC conference match. 

Cal Lutheran was in the run- 
ning for the conference crown this 
weekend for the first time in CLU 
history for tennis. 

All three doubles teams dropped 
early breaks this weekend, which 
cost the team the conference tide 
with a deficit the singles could not 

The defeat marked the first of 
the season for junior Andrew Gi- 
ufhrida and freshman Nick Ballou, 
who were 20-0 before the match. 

"In the doubles play, we need to 
be more aggressive and try to not 
give them too many free points," 
Giuffrida said. "For the singles 
play the only thing we need is to 
have more confidence and try to 
close out the long matches." 

Three break points were earned 
by seniors Ryan Lassila and John 
Karsant to trail only 7-5, but a 
CMS pair of aces and an error 
blocked those chances before Rus- 
sell Brockett and Mikey Lim of 
CMS held on to the 8-5 win for 

Senior Jordan Culpepper and 
freshman Ray Worley were de- 
feated 8-3 by a superior net play 
by Eric MacColl and Brandon Wei 
of CMS, and CLU was unable to 
catch up. 

"Every match this season we've 
swept all doubles and won all three 
matches — or two out of three. We 

lost all three against Claremont to 
start it out — so that was an ad- 
versity we had never really faced 
before," Culpepper said. 

CMS' Lim forced the CLU guys 
to win the final five out of six 
singles matches for the SCIAC 
title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 
2. However, Mac Cahill defeated 
sophomore Justin Wilson 6-1, 6-3 
at No. 6 singles, which gave CMS 
the fifth point to win the match. 

"They were more aggressive than 
us in doubles," head coach Mike 
Gennette said. "We need to take 
it to them and be the aggressors. 
You win, we win," he said. 

No. 1 player in the western re- 
gion, Giuffrida, battled it out with 
second best Robbie Erani, win- 
ning the match 7-6, 6-1. 

"I am very happy that I got the 
Player of the Year trophy, and I'm 
ranked No. 1 in the west region," 
Giuffrida said. "I'm pretty con- 
fident and I will make sure I will 
keep winning." 

The players have used their suc- 
cess this season as a confidence 

"It's helped not only my per- 
formance but everyone's perfor- 
mance out on the court," Ballou 
said. "Everyone has more confi- 
dence and energy when we see 
our hard work being noticed by 

Worley defeated CMS' Brockett 
in straight sets. Meanwhile, Kar- 
sant won an 11-9 super tiebreak 
at No. 5 to conclude the competi- 

Lassila split his No. 4 singles 
with an opening win of 6-3 and 

a second defeat of 10-6 super tie- 
break to MacColl. 

"Our coach then told us that 
we were going to have to treat 
our match like it was up to us [as 
singles! to win for the entire team. 
But with that mentality we prob- 
ably played the best singles all sea- 
son," Culpepper said. "So we lost 
three out of six singles matches, 
but that wasn't good enough. You 
have to win five." 

Despite the loss, however, the 
Kingsmen seem to be delighted 
with the experience of playing the 
SCIAC conference with the op- 
portunity to win. 

"I am very happy with our results, 
and obviously it was a big deal for 
us. We had nothing to lose, so we 
had a lot of fun out there," Giuf- 
frida said. "The guys are looking 
pretty good, and I think we will do 
better in the NCAA regionals." 

Being the only team to defeat Cal 
Lutheran this season, Claremont- 
Mudd-Scripps did so both regular 
and postseason. A week ago, CLU 
fell to CMS by a similar 6-3. 

On Saturday, CMS took the con- 
ference title (19-4, 8-0 SCIAC) for 
the fifth time and extended their 
winning streak for the conference 
to 49 matches. 

The Kingsmen will face off com- 
petition at the four-day Ojai Invi- 
tational starting tomorrow, where 
they will play hard to make it to 
the final rounds. 

"Everybody's goal in this invita- 
tional is to make it to the second 
day, which is very hard to do; in 
order to prove our ranking, to 
prove that we are a very strong 

Pholo by Matt Michaels - Staff Photographer 

Nice Try: Sophomore Justin Wilson couldn't hang on at No. 6 singles. 

team, Culpepper said. "Andrew is 
our No. 1 player — the all Ameri- 
can. He just won the SCIAC player 
of the year award. Ballou also has 
the opportunity to go extremely 
far in SCIAC, if not win it" 

This season made history for the 
Kingsmen tennis team, being the 
first generation to make it this far 
in competition. 

"We felt like we were the Cinder- 
ella team because CLU has never 
done this before. [We've] never 
had a record this good," Culpep- 
per said. 

"Knowing that we were the No. 4 
team in the country, we definitely 
deserved to be in that position 
and we thought we had an equal 
opportunity to win the match." 

Baseball team wins sixth straight SCIAC contest 

Gabriella Gomez 
Staff Writer 

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, 
April 18, the Kingsmen baseball 
team beat Claremont-Mudd- 
Scripps 7-2. This put Cal Lu- 

theran at 16-8 in SCIAC games 
and 23-12 overall. 

The Kingsmen are in third 
place in SCIAC behind Pomona 
and Redlands. With five games 
left in the season, CLU has a 
chance at the first place team, 

Pomona Pitzer, to claim SCIAC 

The tone of the game was set 
early for the Kingsmen as they 
scored three runs in the first in- 
ning. They continued to hold 
that energy throughout the 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photograph, 
Crushed: Senior Paul Hartmann makes contact on a single to left field in the sixth inning of the 7-2 victory. 

game for their dominance over 

CLU senior Chase Tigert start- 
ed by pitching six innings and 
striking out five batters, while 
only allowing one run on six hits 
and one walk. 

In the third inning, Tigert was 
able to get out of a jam by hit- 
ting the Claremont batter, who 
still swung at the pitch, striking 
out to end the inning. 

Sophomore Jordan Cox and 
senior Josh Larson combined to 
pitch the last three innings, pre- 
serving the win for Tigert. The 
three Kingsmen pitchers com- 
bined to strand eight CMS base 

"I thought today's game was 
a total team effort," Tigert said. 
"Everyone contributed to the 
win. We played great defense, 
hit well and also pitched well. I 
don't feel there was anything in 
the game today I would change. 
I feel everything that happened, 
did so in a way that benefited 

The Kingsmen were able to 
take advantage of the four errors 
made by Claremont in the first 
few innings. In the late innings 
of the game, freshman Trevor 
Koons threw out a runner at 
the plate, and junior Colin Gray 
blocked a pitch in the dirt pre- 
venting a passed ball that kept 

Claremont base runners from 
advancing, helping to seal the 

Junior K.C. Judge and se- 
nior Landon Smith each had 
two RBI, and Judge extended 
his career high hit streak to 10 
games. Smith's two RBI came on 
a clutch two-out double in the 
first inning. 

Smith had a strong game both 
offensively and defensively by 
adding three defensive assists to 
his two RBI. Delgado and junior 
Travis Dadigian both had two 
hits in three at bats and scored 
two runs a piece. 

The team combined to have 1 1 
hits in 32 at bats. Only once in 
the game did the Kingsmen bat- 
ters get retired in order. 

"I thought we played a com- 
plete game. Our pitching, hit- 
ting and defense were superb," 
senior Paul Hartmann said. 

The team was positive 
throughout the game about the 
outcome. With this win they 
have become the team to beat 
after having a six game winning 

The Kingsmen will face Whit- 
tier (5-19) this Friday, April 23, 
at 3 p.m. 

Whittier, ranked second to 
last, has already been defeated 
three times by the Kingsmen 
this season. 

Class makes 
recycling a 
priority at 

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ASCLUG raises student awareness during Earth Week 

Events highlight how little changes can made a world of difference 


ourtnie Batista 
Staff Writer 

Photo by Nicole Chang - Staff Photographer 
Trading Up: Senior Alt Sheets (left), Go Green committee chair, accepts 50 recyclable items from junior Tricia 
Johnson. The recycling exchange was a part of a week long event to celebrate Earth Week. 

Festival of Scholars week begins 

CLU celebrated Earth Day 
with a week of festivities put on 
by ASCLUG Senates Go Green 
Committee that focused on 
increasing students' awareness on 
the ease of living a greener life. 

Earth Week kicked off Monday, 
April 19, with an event hosted by 
the Community Service Center 
where Stine Odegard, senior 
coordinator for CSC, spoke on 
what exacdy sustainability is and 
gave tips to students on how to 
recycle and go green. 

She also discussed the different 
ways that the California Lutheran 
University community is working 
to make the campus greener. 

"We want students to learn 
how to personalize going green 
and how it directly affects them," 
Odegard said. 

On Tuesday, the Go Green 
Committee hosted an event 
called Power Hour from 8 p.m. 

to 9 p.m. Students were invited to 
turn off their lights, unplug their 
electronic devices and come down 
to the Student Union Building 
where they could listen to live 
acoustic music preformed by 
freshmen Kirby Ai and Lacie Goff, 
sophomore Kevin Bowen, junior 
Skyler Butenshon and senior T.J. 

"Students who attended the 
event were encouraged to make 
small changes to the way they live 
their lives, such as turning out the 
lights to make a large difference in 
living a green life," said Ali Sheets, 
Go Green committee chair. 

The idea for Power Hour came 
from the nationwide Earth Hour 
held on March 27, but because it 
fell during spring break we created 
our own during Earth Week, 
according to fesse Knutson, Go 
Green committee member. 

On Wednesday, the Go Green 
Committee sponsored a recyclable 
trade where students 

(See GREEN, Page 2] 

Gannon Smith 
Staff Writer 

As the last note sung by the CLU 
choir soared through Samuelson 
chapel and conductor Wyant 
Morton lowered his hands, the 
audience members joined in a 
minute long standing ovation. 

Evan Sponseller, a senior at 
California Lutheran University 
and the composer of all the music 

performed at his senior recital, 
could not have been happier. 

"It went a little better than I 
thought it would," Sponseller said. 

Sponseller s senior recital was the 
first recital and second event of this 
week's Festival of Scholars here at 

The first event, last Friday, was 
a series of performances by CLU 
students and faculty of songs 
composed by Grammy Award 

winner Libby Larsen. 

Also, on Sunday along with 
Sponseller's recital, the play 
"Generations" was being 
performed in the Black Box. 

The fourth annual Festival of 
Scholars is being held from April 
23-May 1 and showcases scholarly 
work of undergraduate and 
graduate students from the College 
of Arts and Sciences, the School 
of Education and the School of 


These scholarly works may 
include traditional research, 
creative work or the application 
of theories to real-life situations. 
Students may also be presenting 
their senior capstone project or 
other outside research that they 
have completed independendy 
from their curriculum. In addition, 
there will also be 

[See FESTIVAL, Page 3] 

More Online... 

• Daily updates from the 
festival, photos from the 
different presentations and 
presenter interviews all at 

• Follow CLUEchonews on 
Twitter for live tweets 

The Echo online 

launches today! 

Students vote, clubs now 'open' 

amendments pass 
with majority vote 

Jakie Rodriguez 
Staff Writer 

The results are in: based on 
the student body vote, all clubs 
and publications will have to be 
"open" in order to receive funding 
from student fees. 

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, 
April 20 and 21, students were 
able to vote through the MyCLU 
portal, to determine whether or 
not they felt that all clubs and 

publications should be open to all 

Needing only a two- 
thirds majority to pass, "the 
constitutional amendments 

passed at 77 percent," said Sally 
Lorenston, assistant director of 
Student Life. 

The amendments that will be 
added to the constitution include 
club and publication requirements 
for receiving student funding, 
as well as allocating 3 percent of 
student fees to the Forrest Fitness 
Center and granting power 
to Programs Board to vote on 
constitutional changes. 

The three changes that were 
proposed came about in different 

ways but were proposed through 
legislation to the ASCLUG and 
were then sent out to the student 
body, Lorenston said. 

The change for clubs and 
publications was based on Senate's 
desire to have the constitution 
match the university policy, while 
the allocation of student fees to 
include the Forrest Fitness Center 
were based on student concerns 
as voiced in the Echo and other 

The desire to change the 
election process was initiated by 
the ASCLU election committee, 
Lorenston said. 

Despite the diverse ways that the 
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2010-11 ASCLUG 
Members and Spring 

The ASCLUG Spring Retreat 
will be held Sunday, May 2, in the 
Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center 
starting at 8:45 a.m. Spring Re- 
treat allows the boards to set goals 
for the upcoming year. 

Executive Cabinet 

President: Evan Clark 

Senate Director: Daniel Pell 

Programs Board Director: Ryan 


Controller: Chelsea Williams* 

Recorder: Katie Bode* 

* positions not approved until 

Spring Retreat. 

Programs Board 
Sophomore Program Board 

Alexis Faughn 
Jessica Plowden 
Emily Casarez 
Torey Kromnick 

Junior Program Board 

Bianca Santos 
Alex Cerri 
Bree Gibson 
Amanda Berg 

Senior Program Board 

Tyler Lee 
Kim Hamon 
Megan Johnson 
Jesse Knutson 


Sophomore Senators 
Jesse McClain 
Lauryn Andrews 
Maryalice Marston 

Junior Senators 

Grant East 
Kayla Kilpatrick 
Sierra Ronning 
Shannon Teague 

Senior Senator 

Cass Hallagin 

Commuter Senator 

Kara Rogers 

CLU generates $142 million for Ventura County 


anna Halldorsdottir 
Staff Writer 

A new study designed to 
measure the economic impact of 
CLU has found that the university 
generated almost $370 million for 
the United States economy in the 
2008-09 academic year. 

"People do not look at 
universities as a common 
economic engine," said Dr. 
Jamshid Damooei, the study's 
author and professor at California 
Lutheran University's School of 

According to Damooei, the 
survey was over a year in the 

He studied CLU's economic 
impact through payroll, operating 
expenses, student questionnaires 
regarding their spending and the 
spending of visitors. 

Among undergraduate students, 
25 percent of the students who 
received a questionnaire turned 
it in fully completed. Among the 

graduate and ADEP students, the 
response rate was 18 percent. 

"We got a very good response 
back, which allows us to figure 
what we collected is statistically 
significant," Damooei said. 

Student spending was also 
important in the calculation 
of the economic impact, with 
student expenditures at around 
$40.6 million within the county. 

According to the study, visitors 
of CLU students contributed 
around $10 million to the 
country's economy. 

After gathering data, researchers 
applied their findings to an input- 
output model. 

The study included both direct 
and indirect economic impacts 
of CLU, as well as induced effects, 
which include the spending of 
businesses that generate revenue 
from CLU students, employees 
and visitors, Damooei said. 

The study found that during 
the 2008-09 school year, CLU 
generated about $142 million for 

Ventura County's economy and 
$213 million for the statewide 

The study also estimates that 
CLU's economic impact is 
responsible for generating 3,087 
jobs nationwide, 1,801 of those 
are within California, and 1,389 
are within Ventura County. 

According to the surveys data, 
CLU's budget for the 2008-09 was 
$65.2 million, with roughly $30.7 
million spent on wages for its 457 

CLU also spent $22.6 million on 
capital expenditure, including a 
new residential hall, Trinity and 
the Facilities building. 

CLU's presence contributed to 
around $49.6 million in taxes 
nationwide, $32.4 million within 
the state and $21.7 million within 
the county. 

"Certainly I was surprised 
to see how much of an impact 
we were having statewide and 
nationally," said Stephen Wheatly, 
vice president of University 

Advancement. "It serves to 
support our contentions that 
California Lutheran University 
is a powerful engine both within 
academic circles, and [also] 
within economic circles." 

Wheatly believes that including 
the impact of alumni who have 
stayed in Ventura County after 
graduation would lead to even 
more dramatic results. 

William Rosser, vice president 
of Student Affairs and dean of 
students, was pleased with the 
way the study was conducted. 

"It seems to me that where 
choices related to methodology 
were made, they were prudent 
and conservative, so as to not 
overstate matters or bring into 
question the entire survey because 
of any overreaching element," 
Rosser said. 

According to Damooei, this 
study measuring economic 
impact was the first of its kind 
preformed for CLU and other 
colleges in Ventura County. 

Classes stress the importance of living green 

[GREEN, from Page 1] 

could exchange 50 recyclable items 

for a free reusable water bottle. 

The week ended with an Earth 
Day fair that was held in the 

Despite the drizzly weather, 
clubs, organizations and classes on 
campus came and set up booths 
to inform students on a variety of 
green issues. 

ASCLUG sponsored a booth 
where they gave out free reusable 
bags and water bottles. 

The gardening class displayed 
an assortment of flowers and 

Students could also make 
donations to help victims of the 
Haiti and Chilean earthquakes. 
Feminism Is... hosted a booth that 
focused on Eco Feminize, where 

students had a chance to learn 
about water consumption and 
to make a pledge to reduce the 
amount of water they use. 

Freshman Jesse McClain, who 
is a member of the Go Green 
Committee, liked the overall 
success of the week. "This week is 
all about educating. It is a stepping 
stone for future years to come," he 

The Go Green Committee was 
not the only one preparing for 
Earth Day. Professors are trying to 
incorporate the green effects into 
their classes so that students learn 
first hand how to be green in the 

Professor Jean Sandlin's 
Advertising Campaigns class 
completed a project where they 
created a sustainability campaign 

Photo courtesy of Ali Sheets-CLl/ 

Pilling up: Trash collected from the water bottle exchange program. 

Steaks and chicken breasts are marinated and charbroiled 

Rice and beans cooked daily without lard 

Fresh salsas and guacamole made every day 

One block from CLU! 

365 Avenida de los Arboies 493- 1033 

that would be implemented in 
the Samuelson Chapel to increase 
recycling. The class then donated 
compost bins to the chapel and 
surrounding buildings in order to 
help CLU become a better campus. 
"This project definitely helps 
raise awareness," said senior Nicole 
Vega, who is one of the students 
in Sandlin's class. "I've been able 
to become more conscious of my 
waste and learn that anyone can 
help in small ways." 

The CLU community has shown 
commitment to making CLU a 
greener campus during Earth 
Week. Sheets smiled at the thought 
of the chain reaction this week has 
had on students and faculty. 

"CLU has a pretty big impact on 
the community," she said. "They 
look to us to see where we're going. 
This week was not about pushing 
a huge change onto people. It was 
about informing them that even the 
small things make a big difference," 

Study Break!!! 

Tuesday May 1 1 
6- 10pm in the Chapel 

Come find a quiet relaxing place 
to study before finals. 

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tutors from the Writing Center, 
Math, ESSM and Psychology will be available 
8 p.m. CRAZY GAME Break 


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NEWS - Page 3 

Action Abroad Alliance aims to go beyond just donations 


reanna Woodhouse 
Staff Writer 

The Action Abroad Alliance held 
"Fundraiser for Small Fortunes" 
on April 21 in Overton Hall, with 
dinner, dessert, drinks and the 
showing of the PBS microfinance 
documentary "Small Fortunes." 

Action Abroad Alliance was 
started in 2008 by Co- Presidents 
Grant Berg and Melissa Harbison 
with the intent of serving as 
a forum for students who are 
interested in volunteering and as 
a platform for national activism. 
Berg said. 

According to Berg, the goal for 
the fundrasier was to generate 
awareness about poverty and 
the poverty relief strategy of 


"Small Fortunes" discussed 
the impact of microcredit 
through the stories of eleven 
microentrepreneurs around the 

Dr. lamshidDamooei, California 
Lutheran University's professor of 
economics, spoke at the event, 
stressing the importance of the 
event and cause. 

"We must expand, not just by 
donations, but by knowledge," he 

People around the world, such 
as the poor and immigrants, are 
unable to get loans because they 
are not financially stable and have 
no credit history and thus cannot 
start their own businesses. 

However, microlending gives 

these people such an opportunity. 

Microlending is the extension of 
very small loans, or "micro" loans, 
to those in poverty, especially 
women. Most loans are for less 
than $100, and are designed to 
spur entrepreneurship and to 
have enough profits to reinvest in 
their business and family. 

"Microfinance allows people to 
empower themselves. It targets 
women because they have been 
shown to pay back loans at a 
higher rate to, save more and to 
spend more on their children and 
their education," Berg said. 

One story that captured the 
success of microlending was that 
of Jorimon Kahn. 

Kahn is a mother of four in 
Tangail, Bangladesh, and was 

suffering from insufficient food, 
clothing and housing. 

In 1 980 she took out a microloan 
for 600 taka (about $10US) that 
she invested in a patty-husking 

Within two years she was so 
successful she was able to pay 
back all her loans and expand her 

On April 21, the Action Abroad 
Alliance also discussed their 
goal of $2,000 for microlending 
to poor female entrepreneurs in 

"We figured a fundraising 
dinner would be a great way to 
encourage support," said Nicole 
Sparkman, the group's treasurer. 
"We also decided a free dinner 
would be best, as many students 

Connect with the 
Action Abroad 

• Meeting May 5 at 8 p.m. in 
the Grace Lounge 

• To get on the AAA Mailing 
list e-mail Melissa Harbison, 

• Find AAA's on Facebook 

are strapped for funds and a ticket 
price could discourage them from 
coming. This dinner allowed 
both community members and 
students to gather and enjoy 
an evening learning about a 
current project that, for some, has 
radically changed their world." 

High national debt has brought the U.S to a new low 

Alyssa Harris 
Staff Writer 

"It's dangerous -it's like a sword 
of Damocles hanging over 
our national head," economics 
professor Simon Chatwin said. 

The national debt that the U.S. 
has accumulated at this moment 
measures some $13 trillion 
according to 

This has put the U.S. in a 
position where we are being 
forced to come up with a way to 
repay this deficit without making 
the country become completely 
bankrupt in the future. 

"The amount of the debt isn't a 
huge concern, what is a concern 
is that we don't have control of 
it. There isn't a consensus on 
how to reduce it," said Dr. Bill 
Watkins, executive director of the 
California Lutheran University's 
Center for Economic Research 
and Forecasting. 

The main problem that the U.S. 
is facing is that it is importing 
more than it is exporting, and 
we are borrowing to pay the 

Anything that is borrowed 
must be paid back, and usually 
is with interest. Due to fiscal 

Photo by Doug Barnett - Photo Editor 

Traveling Man: Senior Scott McClave talks about presenting his research at 
the Southwest American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference. 

Festival to showcase 
academic success of students 

[FESTIVAL, from Page 1] 
teaching demonstrations, 

multimedia displays, art exhibits 
and other recitals. 

Some new special sessions were 
added into this years festival. The 
first one is a showcase of CLU 
alumni scholarship. The next 
one is a program called "What 
I did on My Sabbatical", where 
CLU professors will speak about 

the highlights of their sabbatical 
research. Students who went to 
regional and national conferences 
will share their experience at the 
OUR Presentation Travel Grant 
session. Finally, there will be a 
Graduate Research Symposium. 

There will be over 200 
presentations all over campus this 

Admission is free to all events. 

irresponsibility, billions are being 
spent to cut down the credit crisis 
and tax cuts along with spending 

These expenditures are said to 
cause the debt to increase more 
and more as the years go on. 

According to the documenrary 
"I.O.U.S.A.," government officials 
in the U.S. such as David Walker, 
the nation's top accountant, point 
a finger at the pubUc of the U.S., 
saying that the way we live our 
lives is the reason for this debt 
because we are spending in an 
unrealistic way. 

"I would expect increasing 
pressure on the debt interest rates 
to rise as people lose confidence 
in the U.S.' ability to service the 
debt," Chatwin said. 

"This will cause inflation to rise, 
but strangely the government 
has to spend money to get more 

movement and growth into the 
economy in order to reduce the 
deficit and hope that this activity 
will generate more money faster 
than the expenditure rises. This 
was the solution after WWII and 
historically it is the only way 
that big national debts have been 

The deficits that the U.S. are 
working with are in the areas of 
budgeting, leadership, saving and 
trading, according to "LO.U.S.A." 
These four areas have caused the 
U.S. to develop a large national 

According to, 
"The most controversial issue 
in economics right now is that 
the CEO of Moody's and the 
former president of Standard & 
Poor's, in addition to a number 
of other credit rating agency 
leaders, are slated to testify on 

Capitol Hill. The hearing, before 
the Senate Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs 
Committee, is the third in a 
series exploring the causes of the 
financial crisis and will focus 
specifically on the involvement of 
credit rating agencies." 

The national debt is a constant 
topic among American citizens 
who are trying to figure out ways 
that the debt can be paid back in 
order to make our future brighter 
and not dimmed by the shadow of 
increasing debt. 

"I'm doing what I can to 
improve the chances that the next 
generation have the intellectual 
tools to work out good solutions 
to global warming, worldwide 
economics, international 

starvation and population 
dynamics by teaching all that I 
know," Chatwin said. 

Student fees to fund fitness center 

[CONSITUTION, from Page 1] 

changes were brought about, 
they were all passed and will 
take effect in fall 2010. 

In order to allocate three 
percent of student fees to the 
fitness center, some funding to 
other groups was taken away or 

"One percent of fees were taken 
from each of the following areas 
to make up the three percent: 
Student Life, ASCLU Senate 
and clubs and publications," 
Lorenston said. 

The allocation of student fees 
to the Forrest Fitness Center 
will be used to address some of 
the issues students expressed. 

The fees will be allocated 
for "equipment maintenance, 
replacement and programmatic 
offerings," Lorenston said. 

However, the ranking official 
of the Forrest Fitness Center 
will determine where the exact 
funding from student fees will 
be allocated, Lorenston said. 

In addition to the changes 
regarding the fitness center fee 
allocation, the amendment also 

states that in order for clubs and 
publications to receive funding 
from student fees, they must be 
open to all students. 

However, some students think 
that clubs and publications 
should receive their funding 
based on character rather than 
availability to all students. 

"I think funding should be 
given to clubs and publications 
based on merit and need," 
junior Lucy Cancino said. 

"Some clubs on campus are 
already open to everyone 
and yet they still need more 

With this vote, publications 
must now adhere to the policies 
that clubs have already been 
abiding by. 

The changes to clubs and 
publications that the student 
body voted on will not 
change the way that a club or 
publication is approved. 

"Rather, this is an inclusion 
in the ASCLU Constitution 
what already exists in university 
policy related to Clubs and 
Publications," ASCLU senate 

director Beth Berry Peters said. 
While the changes will not 
have an affect on how a club or 
publication becomes approved, 
some students think that it will 
help to increase participation as 
more students take advantage of 
the various opportunities CLU 

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• University Chapel: Planted for All 

10:10 a.m. Samuelson Chapel 



• Common Ground: Erin Hedrick 

9:11 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 
^* • The Need: Amanda Wallace 
10:10 p.m. SUB 

• Senior Art Exhibit 

Kwan Fong Gallery 

• First Year Dessert Social 
*~ 8 p.m. Pastors' house 

""£ • Fourth Annual Festival of Scholars 

CLU Campus 

• Senior Art Exhibit 

Kwan Fong Gallery 


• CLUStock 

7 p.m. Football field 


"^* • Wind Ensembles Play Favorites 

8 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 




• Senior Art Exhibit 

Kwan Fong Gallery 

^ • Yam Yad 2010 

9 a.m. CLU campus 

• Senior Art Exhibit 

Kwan Fong Gallery 

^^ • Lord of Life Worship 

6:15 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 


• Senior Art Exhibit 

Kwan Fong Gallery 



Next Week: 

• Senior Art Exhibit 

Kwan Fong Gallery 

.^ • Corporate Leaders Breakfast 

7:30 a.m. Lundring Events Center 

• Celebration of Service 

7:15 p.m. Samuelson Chapel 

• Commuter Connection Lunch 
. Senior Art Exhibit 

• Ventura County Candidates Forum 

The calendar is now online! 

Visit to see the 
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Yam Yad reunited with CLU... and it feels so good 


ourtney Minton 
Staff Writer 

Yam Yad is coming! Yam Yad is 
coming! It's been years since CLU 
has held the event that is Yam Yad. 

What is Yam Yad? 

Simply put, it is May Day spelled 
backward. But there is more to it 
than reversed words. 

Yam Yad is a longstanding CLU 
tradition that started in the 60s. 

"In the 60s, student government 
approached the president about 
taking a day off of classes," said 
Rachel Ronning Lindgren, direc- 
tor of Alumni/Parent Relations. 
"It entailed service activities and 
then fun activities afterward." 

In celebration of CLU's 50th an- 
niversary, Yam Yad is back. This 

year, students and alumni will 
come together for a day of service 
and fun in the sun. 

"It's a great service to your alma 
mater," said Stine Odegard, senior 
coordinator for Community 
Service. "We'll be taking thirsty 
native plants out and replacing 
them with drought-resistant 
plants at six different sites on 

The day will begin at 9 a.m. 
when students and alumni will 
gather at the SUB for check-ins 
and breakfast. The first 200 people 
to check in will receive a free Yam 
Yad T-shirt. 

"We have about 50 alumni and 
families who have signed up to 
join us so far to come and do 
service projects," Lindgren said. 

"There are several alumni who 
will be attending who were part of 
the original Yam Yad." 
Yam Yad can bring graduates 
back to CLU, 
V V said Ariel Col- 

It is a great lins, 2008 CLU 
way to get alumna and 

Students and administrative 
alumni to assistant to the 

share stories annual fund. 
about the "To have 

university." them expe- 
rience this 
Ariel Collins old tradition 

Graduate of that is being 

CLU brought back 

is something 
that will keep them strongly tied 
to the university for a long time," 
Collins said. 

Throughout the day, alumni and 
students are encouraged to stop 
by the CLU purple couch to share 
stories about the university and 
previous Yam Yad years. 

"It's a great way to get students 
and alumni to share stories about 
the university. Since Yam Yad is 
a big tradition from the past, the 
couch will be there for alumni to 
recap past events," Collins said. 

Around 11:30 a.m., volunteers 
are invited to gather at the cam- 
pus pool by Afton Hall for lunch, 
crafts for local non profits and a 
pool party. 

The pool is a perfect gathering 
place for the tradition of Yam Yad, 
as it was one of the first things 
built on campus to offer volun- 
teers who were building the Cal 

Lutheran a place to relax with 
their families after a long day of 

"I hope the students and alumni 
think it'll be a lot of fun. It's a cool 
way to give back to your alma 
mater and make it greener in the 
process. And I'm sure the free T- 
shirt and In-N-Out won't hurt ei- 
ther," Odegard said. 

"I think its appealing to do com- 
munity service as an alumni for 
your alma mater, with your kids 
and side-by-side with students," 
Lindgren said. "That's something 
that alumni are really drawn to." 

Along with the pool party, In- 
N-Out will provide a free lunch 
for all the service volunteers who 
took part in the Yam Yad activi- 

Digging up CLU's recycling program 

Recycling bins 
are everywhere on 
campus, but where 
does the trash go? 


essa Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

Green is in. Look around and 
you will see that the CLU cam- 
pus is making great attempts to 
become more environmentally 

Among these efforts is the re- 
cycling program, sponsored by 
Facilities and the work study 

Before the program went into 
operation two years ago, the 
housekeeping department used 
to be in charge of collecting re- 
cyclable waste from trash cans 
around campus. 

Charlene Ismay, operations 
manager for Facilities, came up 
- - with the idea 

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"It helps to 
Sara Delgado release some 
Sophomore of the tasks for 

^ . housekeeping 
staff, which al- 
lows them to focus on other du- 
ties," Ismay said. 

The recycling program cur- 
rently employs five students, led 
by team supervisor Sara Delga- 

According to Delgado, the 
program centers around office 
recycling in general and faculty 
offices such as the Pederson Ad- 
ministration Building, Business 
Office, SBET and Soiland Hu- 
manities Center. 



Photo by Robyn Poynter - Staff Photographer 

Reduce, Resuse, Recycle: 

Sophomore Blair Pefley recycles a 
platic Arrowhead Water bottle on 
campus on Earth Day. 

Student workers pick up the 
recycling on their assigned 
routes and dispose of it in large 
recycling containers on campus 
provided by Waste Manage- 

"The campus is devoted to 
being efficient and as Earth- 
friendly as possible. The pro- 
gram is campuswide and re- 
mains remarkably efficient," 
Degaldo said. 

Sophomore Jonathan Diaz, 
who has been in the program 
for a year, recognizes that his 
job helps to reduce waste on the 
campus and benefits the envi- 
ronment as a whole. 

Even though the library has 
been equipped with two-sided 
printers and many professors re- 
frain from giving out hard cop- 
ies, consumption of paper still 
causes a lot of waste. 

"The offices produce a lot of 
paper and boxes, and us going 
around helps them to remember 
to recycle and not just throw the 
paper away," Diaz said. 

Although staff and faculty have 
done quite a good job recycling 

for offices, students are not al- 
ways careful about disposing 
their recyclable food containers. 

"[I hope they] remember that 
the blue bins aren't trash cans," 
Diaz said. 

He complained that students 
sometimes discard leftovers, 
food and drinks in the recycling 
bins, which makes everything 
sticky and smelly. 

As an environmental activist, 
sophomore Cameron Chandler 
practices a vegan diet with no 
meat, dairy, eggs, cheese or fish. 
He also works in the school and 
his home garden to grow organic 

Chandler's passion for protect- 
ing the planet motivates him to 
take even further steps in his re- 
cycling effort. 

"I'm working on getting the 
compost bins brought back to 
campus; they were removed at 
the end of last school year," he 

Compost bins are containers 
specially designed to hold or- 
ganic, biodegradable materials. 

Chandler expressed his confu- 
sion in the fact that Sodexo uses 
compostable plastic cups in the 
Centrum but there is no com- 
post bin on campus. 

He also remarked at the fact 
that many students do not re- 
cycle effectively because they are 
not fully informed about what is 

"Putting a sign on top of the 
recycle bins, telling them what 
they can recycle, as is done in 
other schools around the state 
would be an excellent way," 
Chandler said. 

Going green is not a momen- 
tary fad but an ultimate effort to 
preserve natural resources and 
sustain the environment for fu- 
ture generations. 

Although not all CLU students 
will practice vegetarianism or 
use solely organic products, they 
can still start recycling today. 

Photo courtesy of Hasancan Seremet • CLU 

Photo Head: (from left to right) Michael Adams, Sherri Matsumoto, Cary 
Hanson, Ana Maria Kilpatrick, Art Miller and Ben Gallaghen 

Yes, they can compost 


arly Robertson 
Features Editor 

Despite the gloomy weather that 
loomed on Earth Day, students 
still gathered to celebrate. 

In honor of the holiday, Califor- 
nia Lutheran University professor 
Jean Sandlin had her Advertising 
Campaigns class participate in a 
friendly competition to think up 
green -friendly ideas that could 
potentially be used on campus. 

Five students in the class: Re- 
becca Dominguez, Behzad 
Nematzadeh, Kathryn Nichols, 
Chris Ramirez, Jaclyn Sunberg 
and Heather Taylor won and were 
asked to follow through with their 

The team decided that the proj- 
ect, deemed Compost Day, should 
be completed by Earth Day to 

promote green living on the CLU 

The purpose of Compost Day 
was to raise awareness of how 
much trash is thrown away in 
the offices on campus. The group 
chose to focus on the Samuelson 
Chapel and the Riparian Build- 

"To reduce office waste we sim- 
ply removed the trash cans and 
just used recycling cans," junior 
Kathryn Nichols said. 

Anna Maria Kilpatrick who was 
recently hired for a job in the Ri- 
parian Building near the Gilbert 
Sports and Fitness Center was 
one of the office participants for 
Compost Day. 

"It was dear to me that students 
were running it. To know that 
they were a part of this was all the 
better," Kilpatrick said. 

Page 6 - FEATURES 

the Echo 

April 28, 2010 

Behind the scenes: CLU Circle of Ambassadors 


rad Hendrickson 
Staff Writer 

There are a group of students 
who were handpicked to pro- 
mote a positive image of CLU to 
incoming students, current stu- 
dents, alumni and the surround- 
ing community. 

The CLU Circle of Ambas- 
sadors, according to their Web 
page, "are junior or senior stu- 
dent scholar and leader volun- 
teers who work directly with the 
University's Advancement Divi- 
sion. They attend many special 
events, both on and off campus, 
where they meet and interact 
with California Lutheran Uni- 
versity donors, donor prospects 
and other VIPs." 

The Circle of Ambassadors was 
established to promote a more 
positive image of CLU by host- 
ing events that both students 
and the public could enjoy. 

These events include the Cor- 
porate Leaders Breakfast series, 
Kingsmen Football Tailgates 
and the Annual Fund Holiday 
Concert reception. 

"The best part about being an 
ambassador is definitely the al- 

Photo courtesy of Brian Stethem- Creative Media Center 
The Circle: Back row, from left to right: Kelley Fry, Mayan White, Ben 
Hogue, Mart Stromsvag, Danny Liles. Front row, from left to right: Kristen 
Luna, Olga Garcia, Lauren Amundson. Not pictured: Katie Nichols, Sam 
Nelson and Erik Mathre). 

urns and other important people 
you get to meet, that and the 
food!" junior ambassador Lau- 
ren Amundson said. 

"You get invited to some really 
amazing events; it's always inter- 

The goal of these events is to 

bring the community together 
and positively promote the im- 
age of the university to those 
who do not know much about it. 

Along with these events, the 
ambassadors are given a respon- 
sibility that they must uphold. 

Sam Nelson is a current am- 

bassador and helps put together 
these events. 

"My favorite event was defi- 
nitely the CLU Spring Training 
event. I got to meet a bunch of 
cool alumni, saw old friends 
and met prospective students all 
while watch- 
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How does 
one become 
an ambassa- 
_ dor? 

"Well, I was 
recommended to apply for it 
and I wasn't really sure what it 
was at the time, but I love that 
I get to represent our school. 
I get to talk to alums, parent, 
and even perspective students," 
Amundson said. 

However, a responsibility for 
ambassadors is to recruit future 
students to take their place as 
they graduate. 

"I would definitely be interest- 
ed in becoming an ambassador 
next year," junior Sam Bystedt 

"I've been to a few of the events 
and it seems like they all really 
care about CLU and making it a 
more enjoyable place." 

The rewards of the Ambas- 
sador program greatly enhance 
the CLU presence in the com- 

According to the CLU Alumni 
Association Web site, student 
ambassadors "gain a greater un- 
derstanding of CLU, improve 
interpersonal and conversation- 
al skills, enhance confidence 
when speaking and interacting 
with the CLU community, build 
professional and social contacts, 
sharpen leadership skills and 
generate pride in Cal Lutheran." 

To "request an 


The Fashion Plate: a Healthy Serving Each Week 

Nothin' says lovin' like... fresh ink 

ways to express 
who I was and 

Heather Taylor 

infuriate my 

parents and the 
administration at my school in 
the process; it was a win-win situ- 

I recall spending deep moments 
in class pondering what exactly, I 
would like to have etched on me 
forever. Each of these plans was 
elaborately conceived and large in 

A single star alone would not 
do, it would have to be a cluster 
of stars and maybe a couple of 
planets from the solar system with 
some constellations tossed in. 

A rose would need to have a 
long, thorny vine and several oth- 
er rosebuds growing in different 

I didn't actually go through 
with it, however. Tattoos require 
patience, time and needles to do 
the job. The needles put me off 
the idea, and so I put those angst- 

ridden flowers, stars and song lyr- 
ics (yeah...) out of my mind and 
stuck with my dark makeup and 
fake nose stud instead. 

These days, the tattoo is back 
on my mind again, but for other 

One of the biggest names in 
the fashion industry, Chanel, has 
brought the tat back during their 
Spring 2010 runway show. De- 
signer Karl Lagerfeld put a few 
temporary tattoos on his models 
and the trend was suddenly re- 

Chanel's global creative direc- 
tor Peter Philips drew up more 
designs and Chanel is now sell- 
ing the temporary tats in sets of 
five sheets for $75 on its Web site. 
The styles feature chains, rosary 
beads, lace, little birds and the 
iconic interlocking double C s. 

So far, they've been fairly popu- 
lar, but the reaction on the tattoos 
has been mixed. 

Some people really like them 
and they've been spotted on stars 
like Sarah Jessica Parker at the 
Oscars and in the blogosphere, 

The ink here is taken as a fun ex- 
periment to try out in lieu of the 
real thing with fashionistas every- 

where insisting the act is "beauty 

Others are crying out in horror 
at the thought of one of the most 
refined fashion houses having the 
audacity to bring in the tattoos. 

"Coco Chanel is rolling in her 
grave" is one of the most fre- 
quently uttered phrases online 
when mentioning the temporary 
tats. Plus, the price of $75 doesn't 
help matters for five sheets of 
black and white fake tattoos. 

I don't find these tattoos par- 
ticularly cute, but for an after- 
noon with friends when you don't 
have to go to work until Monday, 
they're good to try on and play 

It's all in fun really, and trying 
the temporary ink gives you a bet- 
ter idea of what you may want to 
permanendy etch later. 

After several more years of 
thought, I have actually decided 
on what tattoo I would get; some- 
thing that expresses who I am.that 
I'd be able to look at for years to 
come without shame. 

I have to turn to my first crush 
when I was 6 years old for this 
one. It would be a tiny image of 
the PiUsbury Doughboy on my 
hip. Most definitely. 

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FEATURES - Pa g e 7 

The buzz on Books and Brew 

Photo by Nicole Chang • Staff Photographer 

Book Banter: CLU President Chris Kimball discusses "Thunderstruck." 


aiey de Vinney 
Staff Writer 

Books and Brew may sound 
like some witchcraft going on 
around campus, but in reality 
it is just community, books and 

Members of the Thousand 
Oaks and the California Lu- 
theran University community 
gathered to hear a lecture from 
Dr. Chris Kimball about Erik 
Larson's latest novel, "Thunder- 

While about half of the peo- 
ple in attendance had read the 
book, nearly all of them partook 
in the "brew" portion of Books 
and Brew. 

Books and Brew is the kind of 
event that reconnects the CLU 
C£ community 

Books and with the Ven- 
Brew, which tura Count >' 
is near and """"unity. 
deartomy Students, 

heart, offers pr°f«sors, 
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fessor of 
English and coordinator for the 
event, spoke about what Books 
and Brew is and what it means 
to CLU. 

"1 think it's a valuable pro- 
gram, and its permanence is 
definitely a testament to how we 
value the relationship between 
CLU and the local community," 
Rasmussen said. 

Books and Brew meets five or 
six times a semester. 

The lectures are given by dif- 
ferent CLU faculty members 
and previous Books and Brews 
have included religion professor 

Sam Thomas and mathematics 
professor Chris Brown. 

"Books and Brew, which is 
near and dear to my heart, of- 
fers a wonderful venue to talk 
freely about politics and history 
and culture," Rasmussen said, 
"and it represents our ongoing 
interest in making connections 
between scholarship and 'real 

Kimball expressed a desire to 
choose a book that was interest- 
ing to both the academic and 
general audiences. 

"Thunderstruck" did just that 
by combining both history and 
fictional stones. 

"Some of the formula of tak- 
ing an individual story and a 
larger society story and weav- 
ing the two together is evident 
in 'Thunderstruck.' In this case 
it's linking science to murder," 
Kimball said. 

Beverly Kelley, professor of 
communication, attended the 
event and spoke of her interest 
in mass communication and 
how it led to her attending this 
Books and Brew. 

"I believe I went a couple of 
years ago, but this Books and 
Brew really interested me be- 
cause I teach the history of me- 
dia. It just appealed to me to do 
this. I went and read every word 
of the book," Kelley said. 

She was also impressed by the 
meticulous nature of Larson's 
writing style. 

"It was just great. [Larson is] a 
wonderful writer. He has a lot of 
details, and he's a journalist, but 
also at the same time you feel 
like you're there," Kelley said. 

While several CLU students 
attended, Kelley expressed the 
thought that if more history 
books were written like Lar- 
son's, students would be far 
more interested in the subject of 

This was the last Books and 
Brew for the spring semester. 
They will start meeting again in 
the fall semester. 

He Said, She Said: a little of him, a little of her 
The battle of the fast and not so furious 

Antoine Adams 

I am not going to brag, but I am 
at least a better driver than most 

If I'm not the best, I know I'm 
better than a girl. 

I know how to drive straight, 
park straight, be courteous to 
other drivers on the road and I 
stay attentive while I'm driving. 

I have never seen a girl do all 
those things at the same time. 

One can be swerving side to 
side while another is worried 
about her text message rather 
than the road. 

There are some bad drivers out 
in the world, and not all of them 
are women. But it seems to me 
nine times out of 10, it's probably 
a woman driver not knowing she 
did something wrong. 

Men might have to pay more 
for insurance but that's not be- 
cause we're bad drivers. Its be- 
cause we choose to have fun in 
the car sometimes. 

To prove my point, Allie and I 
did our very own driving test to 
see who is the better driver. 

From the start I thought it 
would be too easy, and I should 
have already been crowned the 
winner by default. But we did it 

Men might have 
to pay more for 
insurance but that's not 
because we're bad drivers. 
It's because we choose to 
have fun in the car some- 

Timed parallel parking should 
have been an obvious win for me. 

Now, Allie might have parked 
faster than me on the second trial 
by five seconds. But on average I 
was the clear winner in timing 
because her first trial came with 
a few "oops," and she had an ar- 
gument with the curb. 

I could have seen this coming 
because I see it happen every 
time a girl tries to parallel park 
on campus. 

Is it genetics or something? 

We scored pretty evenly in the 
driving competition if you leave 
out hitting the traffic bumps a 
few times, not by me of course. 

The parking between two cars 
portion of the test was to deter- 
mine who could park straight be- 
tween two cars. 

I don't know why, but girls can't 
park straight to save their lives. 

It must be one of those genetics 
things or their perception must 
be off to the left so they have 
more room to get out and forget 
about the passenger every time. 

From that driving test I hold 
that I am the better driver than 
many people but especially worn- 



Alexandra Butler 

Antoine is the most competitive 
person I have ever met. 

In all of our adventures, he enters 
them with a cocky attitude and tells 
me he is going to win. Nevertheless, 
he tries to reassure me he is confi- 
dent not cocky. 

For this article I challenged him to 
a driver's test He is probably going 
to write that he won, as he always 
does. However, in the long term I 
am the better driver. 

I can parallel park successfully in 
15 seconds. To make sure the com- 
petition was fair, two buckets filled 
with water were set up to leave trac- 
es of our parking inconsistencies. 

I had never parked next to a buck- 
et before and soon realized that it 
was not easy. 

However, I tried my best because I 
felt as if I had to represent all women 
by proving we can drive. 

At my first attempt parallel park- 
ing, I was too far away from the 
curb, and then gave up, hit the gas 
too hard and knocked over the 

Antoine thought it was because I 
could not drive. However, I would 
like to argue that I was mad at the 
bucket and wanted it out of my way. 

My second attempt went much 
more smoothly. 

I noticed that I had to really sit up 
straight in order to see the back of 
my car. 

This time we used our friend Ro- 
land's car as a marker along with the 

In 5 1 seconds I successfully parked 
the car. Antoine took 55 seconds. I 

The next challenge was driving 
on the highway. I usually use two 
hands when driving on the highway 
because California drivers are crazy. 

Case in point: one time I was cut 
off by someone in the fourth lane 
who needed to exit. 

I tend to drive a little slower, be- 
cause I would rather get somewhere 
late than get a ticket 

When exiting, we passed a cop, 
which only made me a worse driver. 
I felt I needed to be perfect and I 
tensed up. 

But I passed the test: no one 
honked at me, I did not cut anyone 
off and we all lived! 

My big downfall was parking be- 
tween two cars. I wish I had an ex- 
cuse, but I always park crooked. It is 
my lucky day if I get an empty spot 

Antoine never 
pays enough 
attention when he is 
driving. I sometimes have 
to remind him where we 
are going or to use the 

to pull into. However, my wheels al- 
ways stay between the lines. 

I am the better driver because I 
am in tune with my surroundings. 
I don't text or drive with one hand. 

Antoine never pays enough atten- 
tion when he is driving. I sometimes 
have to remind him where we are 
going or to use the brake. He is also 
too proud to ask for directions. 

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Arizona Senate bill legitimizes racial profiling 

Have you watched the news 
lately? Read the Sunday paper or 
caught a segment or two of Jon 
Stewart's political commentary on 
Comedy Central? 

No matter where you choose 
to get your news, I'm sure you've 
heard something about Arizona 
State Senate Bill SB1070. 

Essentially the legalization 
of racial profiling of Mexican- 
Americans in the state, the 
potential passage of this bill 
has re-energized both sides in 
America's immigration debate. 

On the surface, SB1070 seems 
to be reasonable legislation in 
that it calls for the "enforcement 
of federal immigration laws." 
However, under the provisions 
section of the bill, which describes 
the state's intended methods of 
enforcement, things get really 

The Los Angeles Times reported 
that the newly passed Arizona 
immigration "bill makes it a 
misdemeanor to lack proper 
immigration paperwork in 
Arizona. It also requires police 
officers, if they form a 'reasonable 
suspicion' that someone is an 
illegal immigrant, to determine 
the person's immigration status." 

The first provision requires a 
"reasonable attempt to be made to 
determine the immigrant status 
of a person during any legitimate 

contact made by an official or 
agency of the state, or a county, 
city, town or political subdivision 
if reasonable suspicion exists 
that the person is an alien who is 
unlawfully present in the U.S." 

This legislation does 
more to divide 
our country than unite 
it and strengthen its 

First and foremost, what is 
"legitimate contact" as described 
in the provision and who gets to 
make that call? Most of us would 
consider a casual conversation 
with a fellow shopper at the 
market "legitimate contact," or 
maybe the small talk we make 
with servers in restaurants. Yet 

none of those scenarios involving 
"legitimate contact" would be 
enough for someone to question 
our citizenship. That would be 
ridiculous. The ambiguity of that 
provision is simply appalling. 

There are other examples 
of questionable enforcement 
methods provided in SB1070. 

Provision 5 "Allows a law- 
enforcement officer, without a 
warrant, to arrest a person if 
the officer has probable cause 
to believe that the person has 
committed any public offense that 
makes the person removable from 
the US." 

The underlying connector for 
Provisions 1, 5 and all the others is 
race; our way of classifying people 
based on superficial things such 
as skin color and hair texture. In 
reading SB1070, it was evident to 

me that this bill was written with 
the intent of sending a group of 
people a message, and not the 
group most of us immediately 
think of. 

Whether we choose to admit it 
or not, this legislation, if passed, 
will send a message of fear to 
all Hispanic people in Arizona, 
not just those without formal 

How, you ask? 

This legislation blatantly 
endorses relentless harassment of 
anyone who looks the part based 
on "suspicion" alone. 

This legislation and other 
bills like it do more to divide 
our country than unite it 
and strengthen its borders. It 
disturbingly singles out one 
group of people, regardless of 
their citizenship, and its wrong. 

Charging for carry-ons adds stress 

The skies we fly just got a little 
less friendly and a little more ex- 

Boarding a plane is filled with 
uncertainties about safety and 
flight delays, but grappling for 
overhead bin space with other 
people who have brought lug- 
gage on board just seems like un- 
necessary baggage for the mod- 
ern day flyer. 

Checking your luggage can 
be a scary thing — there is no 
real guarantee it will make it to 
your destination, and there is a 
chance you might never see your 
belongings again. 

Fighting for overhead luggage 
space has become the norm, but 
the competition for compart- 
ments on airplanes may be com- 
ing to an end as Spirit Airlines 
will no longer allow free carry- 
on luggage. 

Though at first the 
idea of ending the 
years of fighting for 
overhead space on air- 
planes seems brilliant, 
one can only wonder 
what this might mean 
for the future of air 

Though Spirit Airlines is a rela- 
tively small airline, with only 
about two dozen planes and 150 
daily flights, the bigger airlines 
will watch closely to see if people 
are willing to pay for carry-on 

Starting August 1, Spirit Air- 

lines will begin to charge a fee to 
carry on a bag one way. 

Spirit Airlines will allow one 
free personal item, like a purse or 
laptop, that must fit underneath 
a seat. Umbrellas, cameras, dia- 
per bags, assistive devices, outer 
garments, car seats and strollers, 
reading material and food for 
flight will also not carry a charge, 
according to 

As for carry-ons, each pas- 
senger will only be allowed one 
per purchased seat. The cost 
will range from $20 if you are 
part of Spirit Air's $9 Fare Club 
to $30 for online (non-mem- 
ber) phone or check-in, paid 
in advance. The cost at the gate 
to carry on a bag will be $45. 
The passengers who do choose to 
purchase a place for their carry- 
on item will be allowed to board 
the plane first. 

Though at first the idea of end- 
ing the years of fighting for over- 
head space on airplanes seems 
brilliant, one can only wonder 
what this might mean for the fu- 
ture of air travel. 

Will we eventually be charged 
for a purse or laptop? A wallet if 
it's too bulky? 

Will all the other airlines follow 
suit and also begin to limit and 
charge for carry-ons? 

Spirit Airlines says it has re- 
duced its lowest fares by $40 on 
average and that charging for 
carry-on luggage will help to 
keep fares lower for people who 
do not select the option of carry- 
ing something on. 

But being charged for carry-on 
luggage, even if it comes after a 
reduction in the cost of ticket 
fare, seems like just another 
stressor on a long list of travel- 
related worries. Though the air- 
line seems to think the concept 
makes sense and dollars, pas- 
sengers will be left to stew over 
a new set of suitcase circum- 

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With all change comes an op- 
portunity to learn something. 

Perhaps being made aware of 
just what and how much we are 
packing presents a good lesson. 

What qualifies as important 
enough to make a journey with 
us? Certainly a new protocol 
emerges when it comes to wheth- 
er or not something is necessary. 

By making its passengers pick 
and choose what is worth pay- 
ing a fee to carry on, passengers 
must be more cognizant of the 
items they choose to travel with. 

Perhaps the best option for 
many people will be to forego 
the comfort of having more on 
an airplane. 

An opportunity arises for peo- 
ple to start making more mind- 
ful decisions of what they will 
need on the plane or upon ar- 
rival at their destination. 

Since airlines began charg- 
ing for checked bags, air travel 
has been more chaotic when it 
comes to fighting for overhead 
bin space. 

With new charges instituted 
for carry-on bags, and conse- 
quently less bags being brought 
on board, hopefully the chaos 
and fighting will come to an end, 
beginning a new, more peaceful 
and less stressful chapter in air 

Tailgating is a family affair 




With baseball season in full 
swing, fans are eager to tailgate 
with friends and family. However, 
due to the excessive consumption 
of alcohol that tailgating often in- 
volves, the common pre-game ritu- 
al will no longer be allowed. 

It is no secret that fans like to 
drink and get a Little rowdy at 
Dodger games, but recendy it has 
become too much for the LAPD to 

It seems that when the police are 
tied up controlling drunks, they are 
unable to focus on more important 
police business. 

Hopefully prohibiting tailgat- 
ing will make the streets safer and 
decrease the number of DUIs and 
other alcohol related accidents. 

But what does this mean for 
Dodger fans? 

For one, tailgating is a very popu- 
lar pastime and one that some fam- 
ilies have been a part of for decades. 

Without tailgating, I am sure 
some fans will skip the game and 
watch it from the comfort of their 
own homes where they are free to 

drink as much as they like. 

With the economy being so bad 
right now, fans want to get the most 
out of their entertainment experi- 
ence, and if tailgating with friends 
and family is not part of that expe- 
rience, is it really worth the cost? 

A better solution to this problem 
would be to give citations to those 
who drink in the parking lots or 
those who are drunk in public but 
to let fans continue to tailgate. 

Plus, not everyone who tailgates 
partakes in drinking. Many fami- 
lies bring food, play catch and hang 
out before games, which should 
still be allowed. 

A group of rowdy drunks should 
not be able to ruin the fun for ev- 
eryone, especially kids who look 
forward to the experience. 

Baseball games are something 
that the whole family can do to- 
gether at which many children, 
including myself, grew up attend- 
ing games with family all summer 

The alarming message to take 
from this new rule is adults lack 
self-control and moderation. One 
or two beers are not enough to 
make grown adults drunk and 
rowdy enough to need police at- 

Obviously the problem is not 
about the consumption of alcohol, 
but the over-consumption. 

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Letters to the Editor 

OPINION - Page 9 

Dear Editor: 

Everyone who knows me knows I 
can be a pretty cynical guy at times. 
Heck, sarcasm is like a second 
language to me. I do not usually 
like to get into Zeitgeists until I feel 
that the spirit behind something is 
genuine— hence my dissatisfaction 
with the concept of Earth Day. 

Begun in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord 
Nelson (D-WI), Earth Day was 
inspired by the negative effects of 
the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, in 
which 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of 
oil covered the ocean, daiming the 
lives of over 10,000 seabirds. 

Sen. Nelson was disappointed 
at the lack of initiative to stem 
the effects of this disaster 
from Washington. Because of 
this, he proposed a system of 
environmental teach-ins across the 
country that became the first Earth 
Day on April 22, 1970. 

Forty years later, I wonder 
whether anyone would be able 
to recognize the holiday when 
comparing it with 1970. Earth 
Day has become a parody of itself; 
many of the entities (I say "entities" 
instead of "people" because 
corporations have begun to jump 
on this bandwagon) that "celebrate" 
it care nothing for the actual causes 
associated with environmentalism. 
Today, it is image that drives Earth 

Whereas Earth Day was once a 
beacon of environmental light in 
some quite dark times, today it 
seems to me that many people are 
more concerned with looking like 
they care, rather than genuinely 

Now, while this can happen both 
on the macro and microscopic 
levels, to me it is the macroscopic 
level, that of the corporations, that 
cheapens the experience the most 
For instance, if you had visited 
Monsanto's Web site during Earth 
Day last Thursday, you would have 
seen a large section of their home 
page devoted to their "initiatives" to 
help the environment Imagine — 
Monsanto! The company is 
the world's leading producer 
of herbicides and genetically 
engineered seed caring about the 
welfare of others! 

I realize that Earth Day and April 
Fools' Day are both in the same 
month, but they are not that close 
to each other. And to be sure, this 
is just one instance of the rampant 
corporate greenwashing that goes 

The other aspect of Earth Day 
with which I am dissatisfied, is 
that many people use Earth Day as 
an excuse to justify the other 364 

days of the year that they could not 
even be bothered to think about 
environmental well-being. 

I realize it sounds cliche and 
idealistic to say this, but Earth Day 
should not be necessary. 

To those of you who genuinely 
care about the future welfare of 
the planet, I thank you. To the 
rest, I ask that you treat every day 
as if it were Earth Day. The Earth 
will thank you, the flora and fauna 
will thank you and your children 
(eventually) will thank you. 

Ray Ostrander 

Junior, environmental science 
and geology major 

Dear Editor: 

If there is one word that 
describes the An ti -Counterfeiting 
Trade Agreement (ACTA), it is 
"unbalanced." Following a secretive 
two-year negotiation process 
involving the U.S., E.U and other 
countries, the proposed text of 
ACTA has finally been released in 
the wake of mounting pressure for 

Humanitarian and public- interest 
groups have expressed concern that 
ACTA goes far beyond the scope of 
counterfeiting and trade and in fact 
represents a substantia] rewriting 
of domestic and international 
intellectual property laws at the 
behest of media company lobbyists. 
While negotiators claim that 
ACTA will safeguard consumers 
and businesses, it has become 
increasingly clear that ACTA 
contemplates policy changes 
that strongly favor large media 
companies at the expense of 
internet users, tech companies and 
developing countries. 

Doctors Without Borders and 
Oxfam have released reports 
detailing how ACTA could limit 
access to generic medicines in 
developing countries. 

ACTA also creates international 
third-party liability for content- 
hosts such as YouTube without the 
attending protections found under 
US. law. This could expose US. 
businesses to overseas liability, as 
was the case in February when Italy 
convicted three Google employees 
after an offensive clip was posted 
on Google Videos. 

Intellectual property claims have 
also been increasingly used to 
silence critics - whether corporate 
whistleblowers or dissident 
media in Kyrgyzstan. Expansive 
provisions in ACTA will only 
encourage this practice. 
Contrary to negotiators' claims. 

ACTA appears to not only rewrite 
domestic law, but to do so with 
minimal accountability. In a move 
that has drawn criticism from 
constitutional experts, ACTA is 
being framed as an "executive 
agreement" rather than a treaty in 
order to bypass the requirement for 
Congressional approval. 

In its current state, ACTA 
represents an unacceptable 
attempt to circumvent democratic 
processes and established, inclusive 
international forums such as 
the World Intellectual Property 
Organization in favor of backroom 

Ryan Kushigemachi 
Senior, political science and 
philosophy major 

Dear Editor: 

When I first heard about 
CLUFest, I was excited. I've been 
looking for ways to get my work 
out there and have it seen by other 
people. When I read that there was 
no limit to submissions, I thought 
my chances of having something 
end up in the exhibit were really 
good. In tact, I was positive that of 
my eight entries at least one or two 
would make it in. 

So on the day of the opening of 
the exhibit, I excitedly went over 
with my boyfriend to see my work 
displayed somewhere for the first 
time. Fifteen minutes later, after 
anxiously watching the projected 
images rotate through a few times, 
I left disappointed when I realized 
that not one of my images had 
made it in. Yet, there were other 
students who had multiple images. 

I try to be modest about my 
work, but I will say that I think 
my photographs were at least as 
good as some of the others that 
made it in. So instead of flooding 
the exhibit with images from just a 
few students, why not try to make 
it more diverse? It seemed like a 
popularity contest to me; many 
of the students who were lucky 
enough to be featured were also 
students who are lucky enough to 
be popular. Thankfully, as a boost 
to my confidence, I won a photo 
contest online the same week. 

Perhaps next year those who 
put together this exhibit, which 
is a wonderful opportunity to 
appreciate the many talents of our 
student body, should try a little 
harder to make this a more diverse 

Rebekah Kliewer 

Naked Chef combats obesity 
with healthy eating habits 

Obesity has become a serious 
problem in the United States in 
recent years. 

According to the official Surgeon 
General Web site, obesity has be- 
come "the fastest-growing cause 
of disease and death in America." 

The Web site goes on to note 
that nearly two out of every three 
Americans are overweight or 
obese and that one out of every 
eight deaths in America is caused 
by an illness directly related to 
overweight and obesity. 

In response to these startling 
statistics and in an attempt to 
create entertainment in a televi- 
sion world dominated by reality 
TV, English chef and restaurateur 
Jamie Oliver debuted with a new 
show in March, which he hopes 
will be the antidote for the prob- 

Oliver, who may be more com- 
monly recognized as "The Naked 
CheC hosts the ABC show "Jamie 
Oliver's Food Revolution." He is 
known for his show on the Food 
Network that includes recipes fea- 
turing fresh, whole and healthy 

In the first season of "Food Rev- 
olution," Oliver travels to Hun- 
tington, WVa., which has been 
rated by the government as, sta- 
tistically, the "unhealthiest city in 

The show features West Virgin- 
ians whose lack of healthy eating 
habits has become a serious con- 
cern. The attitudes of the West 
Virginians portrayed on the show 
are quite resistant. 

One radio host responded to 
Oliver's efforts by exclaiming "we 

don't want to sit around and eat 
lettuce all day." 

The West Virginians on the show 
preferred their fried, fatty foods. 

This was blatantly obvious after 
Huntington school children could 
not recognize or decipher fresh 

None of the students could rec- 
ognize a tomato, but all knew 
what ketchup was. 

With the rates of obesity as high 
as they are, it seems many other 
Americans possess the attitudes 
reflected through the show. Many 
don't know the extent of what 
their unhealthy eating is doing to 
their bodies. 

Oliver attempted to open their 
eyes to the reality that obesity is 
killing Americans in epic propor- 

It seems that some people do not 
want to admit the seriousness of 
obesity, and this show helps get 
the message across in a concrete 
manner. Sometimes, you can hear 
all the statistics in the world but 
they don't mean anything and are 
forgotten in an instant 

Oliver's show portrays the scary 
effects of unhealthy eating in a 
real, relatable way. 

It makes you start to look at your 
food choices and eating habits — 
Oliver's ultimate goal; he's out to 
revolutionize the way that Ameri- 
cans eat. 

He is not only targeting the 
people of Huntington, W Va., he 
is targeting the millions of Ameri- 
cans tuning into his show each 

The show is entertaining, but 
also educational and inspiring. It 
could greatly change many peo- 
ples' lives for the better. 

Jamie Oliver uncovers the dis- 
turbing truths behind obesity and 
gives people on the show, and 
America as a whole, the tools to 
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April 24, 2010 

Softball seniors close college career with a win 

Regals miss 
playoffs, but end 
season strong 

A n 

ndrew Adams 
^ Staff Writer 

The Regals were able to end 
their season on a high note over 
the weekend, sweeping a double- 
header from Pomona-Pitzer a 
day after splitting a double-head- 
er with Occidental. 

In what was the final home 
game for California Lutheran 
University seniors Brittany Or- 
dos, Emily Robertson, Lizzy 
Chac6n and Nikki Campbell, the 
Regals were able to take the first 
game of a double-header with 
Pomona-Pitzer behind a com- 
plete game from sophomore Ta- 
lia Ferrari. 

Ferrari struck out nine Sage- 
hens and helped her own cause 
at the plate by collecting four hits 
and driving in four runs. 

"It was great sending the seniors 
out with a win, they deserved this 
one," coach Debby Day said. 

The Regals built up an early 
6-0 lead en route to a 8-6 victory 
in game one on Saturday. Early 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photographer 

You're Out: Senior Lizzy Chacon notched her 300th career strikeout. 

errors by the Sagehens helped 
contribute to the lead and the 
Regals were able to take advan- 
tage. Junior Lizzie Novak helped 
pace the offense with three hits 

and scored during the Regals' 
three-run first inning. The Sage- 
hens were led by the top of their 
lineup, who combined to go 7-10 
with five runs. 

Chac6n was the star of the show 
in the second game of the dou- 
ble-header, pitching a complete 
game shutout and getting three 
hits and an RBI at the plate. Rob- 
ertson hit a two-run home run 
in the fourth inning and junior 
Katie Strang added three hits for 
the Regals, who won by a score 
of 7-0. 

"Lizzy was fantastic for us to- 
day, she really set the tone early 
with both her pitching and hit- 
ting," assistant coach Harry Day 

The Regals were on the short 
end of a pitchers' duel in the first 
game on Friday, losing to Oc- 
cidental 3-1. Occidental starter 
Shanna Yackel struck out eight 
Regals over seven innings while 
scattering five hits. Allyson Salas 
was the loser for California Lu- 
theran, despite striking out six 
batters while walking just one. 

Occidental scored three times 
in the sixth inning with the big 
blow coming on a two-run dou- 
ble by Alyssa Smith. They tacked 
on one more run on a two-out 
double by Ashley Noone and 
held on for the win after surviv- 
ing a Regals rally in the bottom 
half of the inning. 

The second game went much 

better for the Regals as they de- 
feated the Tigers 4-0 behind a 
strong effort from Ferrari, who 
struck out 10 batters and allowed 
only two hits over the course of 
her complete game shutout. The 
Regals scored all four of their 
runs in the second inning, which 
turned out to be all the scoring 
Ferrari would need. 

"I had all my pitches working 
well today and my catcher called 
a great game for me," Ferrari said. 
"I was just happy we could get a 
win today." 


Chac6n started off the inning 
with a single and was able to 
come home on a single by Sara 
Lichtsinn. The big blow of the in- 
ning came one batter later when 
junior Megan Clow hit a three- 
run home run to left-center field. 

The Regals were able to win 
four of their last five games of 
this season and ended the year 
with a record of 16-24. 

Covering all the Bases: 

Will they ever learn? Pro athletes test the limits of moral decency 


Rest assured, Tiger Woods, you 
are not alone. It seems the rest of 
the sporting world has decided 
to join in on the debauchery. 

Professional athletes are always 
a part of the daily headlines, but 
far too often it's for the wrong 
reasons. In a sports-obsessed 
world, the stars of the show are 
making poor decisions off the 

Call it immaturity. Call it a 
sense of entitlement. Call it a su- 
preme lack of better judgment. 
I've heard a myriad of reasons as 
to why athletes continue to screw 
up away from the game. But 
they're all just excuses. 

The most talked-about issue is 
that millions of children look up 
to these athletes, and it does no 
good to have a role model that 
is being thrown in jail or sus- 
pended from the league. Right or 
wrong, many kids idolize sports 
stars like gods. 

Charles Barkley once said, "I 
am not a role model.... Just be- 
cause I dunk a basketball, doesn't 
mean I should raise your kids." 
Unfortunately for Chuck, ath- 

letes are given that responsibil- 
ity whether they want it or not. 
And the bigger the superstar, the 
more intense the pressure is to 
live up to that high standard. 

The biggest stories of player 
misbehavior in the news right 
now are centered on the NFL. 

Commissioner Roger Goodell 
just handed Steelers QB Ben Ro- 
ethlisberger a six-game suspen- 
sion for his suspected role in a 
sexual assault case. As if that's 
not bad enough, Browns line- 
man Shaun Rogers is being pros- 
ecuted for attempting to carry a 
loaded handgun through airport 

Goodell was right to be stern 
with Roethlisberger and should 
be equally stern with Rogers as 
that plays out. Even if neither 
is found guilty of a crime, they 
still acted foolishly and should 
suffer the consequences. After 
the Michael Vick and Pac-Man 
Jones punishments, NFL players 
should know not to test the limits 
they are given. 

However, no sport is immune. 
The NBA just went through the 
whole Gilbert Arenas gun fi- 
asco. The NHL had to deal with 
the embarrassment of young 
star Patrick Kane robbing a taxi 
driver last summer. DUIs and 
failed drug tests have become 
commonplace among athletes. 
And, of course, the whole Tiger 
debacle has already been talked 

about ad nauseam. 

There is another side to this 
story. There are many more ath- 
letes who are exceptional role 
models than bad ones, and their 
praises are rarely sung. But nega- 
tive press tends to dominate the 
headlines because that's what so 
many people want. 

Why does the press make such 
a big deal of it whenever an ath- 
lete makes a mistake? I'd like 
to think part of the reason is 

to teach athletes a lesson in the 
hopes they don't step out of line 
again. Athletes tend to be pretty 
perceptive of the media and also 
tend to have very well developed 
egos. It has to be embarrassing 
when a ton of negative news is 
directed at them. 

Athletes also tend to get away 
with their mistakes more than 
anyone else. If you were con- 
victed of felony gun charges, you 
probably wouldn't still have your 

job. But if you are in the NBA, 
you get to keep that job and make 
$20 million the following year 
(see Arenas, Gibert). And the 
better you are, the more you can 
get away with. 

Athletes will continue to make 
mistakes and screw up well into 
the future. That's just human 
nature. But with so many eyes 
watching them, they better know 
that they are going to pay if they 
step out of bounds. 

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SPORTS -Page 11 

Kingsmen rally not enough for a win on 'Senior Day' 

Early 8-0 hole 
proves too much 
to overcome 

A r 

manda Lovett 
.Staff Writer 

Kingsmen baseball bumped 
their top winning streak of the 
season to seven games, but fell 
short against Chapman this 
weekend with a rally score of 

Friday's game versus Whittier 
College started out with a nine- 
run first inning by the Kings- 
men, leaving the Poets too far 
behind to have a chance in the 
last two innings. 

In the six base hits of the first, 
senior Chris Hertz scored a 

pair of doubles, while freshman 
Nick Boggan, sophomore Tom 
Hocutt and junior K.C. Judge 
provided two-run base hits. The 
four teammates then went 8-for- 
11, scoring 10 RBI. 

"I felt my best play came 
against Whittier College on Fri- 
day," Judge said. "I reached base 
all four times including two sin- 
gles and I just felt very relaxed 
and comfortable at the time." 

Senior Robbie Seldon im- 
proved his pitching record to 
6-2, allowing only two hits in 
five innings. 

Whittier finally scored in the 
seventh inning, with a home run 
by Andrew Vallejo. The last two 
innings constituted five out of 
the nine hits for the Poets, in- 
cluding the RBI-single by Chris 
Hylland, which made the game 

final 14-2, a four-win streak 
against Whittier. 

Freshman Trevor Koons 
scored a career-high four hits 
and raised his average 27 points 
to .303 this season. 

"Friday I just felt good from 
the start of the day and I was just 
having fun," Koons said. "Sun- 
day we just ran into a really good 
pitcher who had a good day. We 
didn't play as well as we should 
so Sunday was rough." 

Saturday's game marked the 
most Kingsmen strikeouts since 
scores have been tallied elec- 
tronically. An early eight-run 
lead by Chapman put them 
ahead to a lead Cal Lutheran 
could not surpass. 

"Today we faced a really good 
pitcher. We have to really tip 
our cap to him, he's probably 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photographei 
Groundout: Freshman Trevor Koons makes a play on a ground ball against No. 4 Chapman. 

the best we have seen all year, 
but I just think we needed to 
have more quality at bats against 
him," Judge said. "That was the 
difference between today and 
the two previous games." 

Brian Rauh, the pitcher for 
Chapman who succeeded in 
striking out so much of the team 
in his 8.1 innings, is regarded by 
the Kingsmen as great competi- 

"He is the real deal," head 
coach Marty Slimak said. "We 
had a good idea about what he 
was going to throw. That curve- 
ball was very effective against us 

After five innings of no runs, 
Cal Lutheran notched the plays 
into gear, scoring three in the 
sixth and ninth innings, putting 
the game at 8-6. 

As this score came into play, 
the Kingsmen were trailing 8-3 
when senior Matt Martin and 
Hertz scored back-to-back hits. 

Judge kept the streak going 
with an RBI-single, followed 
by a sacrifice fly by senior Paul 
Hartmann for an 8-5 score. 

Junior Richard Michelin one- 
hopped the wall left center 
to score Judge from first and 
brought senior Landon Smith 
as the potential tying run to the 

However, relief pitcher for the 
Panthers, Ben Levitt, threw a 
1-2 curveball that froze Smith 
and curled over the strike zone 
to end the game at 8-6. 

Back-to-back doubles and an 
RBI single started the game out 
for Chapman which did not al- 
low Cal Lutheran to come back 
as strong as possible. 

"Senior Day" on Sunday saw 
three seniors as primary start- 
ers, Chase Tigert and Greg Gil- 
ber in his first relief appearance 
of the year. 

Senior Robbie Seldon made his 
record 60th career appearance, 
and pitched 2.1 shutout innings 
while the Kingsmen tried their 
best to rally from behind. Junior 
Ian Durham pitched the final 
five scoreless outs with only one 

Seven of eight seniors had play- 
ing time Sunday afternoon, as 
Hertz and Martin went 2-for-5, 
Hartmann contributed an RBI, 
and Smith played as a seventh 
inning defensive replacement. 

"This weekend we didn't win 
the game that we really needed 
to, so I would say it was a disap- 
pointment," Koons said. 

The games are not only the 
second to last SCIAC games of 
the season, but record break- 
ers for three highly ranked CLU 

Judge was honored this past 
week as SCIAC Male Athlete of 
the Week for his performance 
this season, particularly last 
week's games versus Redlands, 
where he went 10-14 in the three 
day series with six straight ap- 

"I feel it's a great honor to be 
named the SCIAC MAOW," 
Judge said. "Not many people 
get a chance to say they were 
SCIAC athletes of the week so 
I'm very proud of that." 

On Saturday, Hartmann broke 
yet another record for the third 
time in this season for CLU's all- 
time hits at 193. 

"Overall we did pretty well but 
we didn't accomplish what we 
needed to this weekend," Seldon 

Kingsmen baseball (25-13, 
18-8 SCIAC) will face off with 
the second ranked national op- 
ponent, Pomona-Pitzer,(28-8, 
22-4 SCIAC) on Friday, April 
30, at 3 p.m. for the final home 
game of the 2010 season. 

Freshman biker 'more extreme' 


hristine Nguyen 
Staff Writer 

As one of the youngest team 
riders in the 4-cross mountain- 
biking race, freshman Blake 
Carney had the chance to ride in 
the national championship race 
last fall. 

Not only is he a student at 
CLU, but outside of class he's 
likely practicing at a local race 

When Carney was 5 years old, 
he started racing BMX with his 
uncle on 20-inch bikes and street 
bikes. At 12, he started moun- 
tain biking with his parents and 
realized that he enjoyed it. 

"It's fun and it's something that 
I'm good at," Carney said. "What 
I focus on mountain biking is 
exactly like BMX, but it's more 

As a sophomore in high school, 
Carney broke his collarbone, 
and two months later broke his 
leg. He convinced his doctor he 
could race, and his parents told 
him he should not do downhill 


Carney trained hard as a 
4-cross racer as an amateur 
and set his mind to his biggest 
dream: to go pro. 

During the summer of 2007, 
Carney trained consistently and 
got the chance to talk to USA 
Cycling, the governing body for 
racing in the United States. 

They told him if he wanted to 
turn pro he would need to be 
a top performer in upcoming 

He won his first race after that 
and gained his professional title. 
After filling out paperwork and 
getting an international license 
to be pro, Carney realized that 
he had to be at an international 
race in two weeks. 

He got the chance to see al- 
most all of his 4-cross idols at 
the international race. Carney 
raced with them, and the mys- 
tery of being professional was 
gone, he said. 

It just so happened he was 17 
when he turned pro, and that 
was the minimum age to enter 

the international race, making 
him the youngest rider there. 

Carney represented the United 
States as one of five riders from 
the country for the 4-Cross rac- 

Placing 31st, Carney didn't 
care that he didn't win the top 
spot. He was excited that he got 
to meet all of his idols and that 
he now has friends all over the 

"When I race, I don't think of 
anything," Carney said. "At the 
start I always get nervous, but 
you don't think about anything 
and [you] focus on getting down 
the first stretch and getting 
ahead of everybody." 

After graduating, Carney 
wants to become a physical ther- 
apist or an athletic trainer, gar- 
nering inspiration from all the 
physical therapy he has received 
over the years. 

"I've made so many friends," 
Carney said. "I'll definitely be 
around nationally once a year, 
and if I don't have any injuries, 
I'd love to race til I'm 40." 





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April 28, 2010 

Regals take down Poets in final home contest 

streak helps 
team top Whittier 

Sasha Voinovich 
Staff Writer 

Saturday's game versus the 
Whittier Poets marked the fi- 
nal regular season game for the 
Regals. CLU was able to grab a 
15-10 win over the Poets at the 
Samuelson Aquatics Center. 
Saturday was also "Senior Day" 
where the team honored its four 
seniors: Lauren Bridges, Heath- 
; er Bridges, Meredith Butte and 
Joy Cyprian. 

"Out of my four years play- 
ing at Cal Lu, this year has been 
the best without a doubt. I have 
never been part of a team that 
has such a positive attitude and 
works as hard as we do," said 
L. Bridges, who scored four of 
CLU s goals on Saturday. 

At the half, CLU was up 7-6, 
but it was in the second half 
when the Regals started to take 
a commanding lead. CLU scored 
two goals to each one of the Po- 
ets, outscoring them 8-4 in the 
second half. 

"Winning by five points rarely 
happens in SCIAC," L. Bridges 
said. "It was an awesome team 

effort to pull off a win like that." 

CLU junior Bobby Sanders and 
sophomores Christina Messer 
and Kelsey Bergemann each 
contributed a goal on Saturday. 

"We were all working hard and 
we all felt like a team," Messer 
said. "We wanted to do whatever 
we could to make the seniors 
happy because they have all 
done so much for us." 

The CLU seniors scored 12 of 
the 15 goals against Whittier. In 
addition to L. Bridges, Butte had 
three goals and Cyprian ended 
the day with a game-high five 
goals for the Regals. 

"This season the team consists 
of 18 different personalities, but 
I feel like that is what gives us 
such great chemistry," Cyprian 
said. "Today went well and we 
played like a team. Every girl in 
the pool today contributed in 
her own way, and that is what 
lead to our success. It was a 
high-intensity game and a good 
game to have before going into 
the tournament." 

The Regals will play at Pomona- 
Pitzer this weekend, looking to 
repeat their SCIAC Champion- 
ship victory from last year. 

"From here on out, I think that 
mental preparation will be the 
most important. Our team is 
motivated and dedicated and we 
are trying to perfect our offense 

Photo by Matt Michaels - Staff Photographei 

Keep Away: Sophomore Claire Witten passes the ball away from Whittier in the fourth quarter of their win. 

and defense," Cyprian said. 

The three-day tournament 
will decide the SCIAC Cham- 
pionship and determine where 
the Regals will finish their post 
season. The team has an oppor- 
tunity to play in San Diego or 
Wisconsin, depending on the 
outcome this weekend. 

Upon finishing the season, 
some seniors shared their plans 
for after graduation. 

"I plan to be working down 
at the beach as a state lifeguard 
and traveling whenever I get the 
chance," L. Bridges said. 

Cyprian has a different path. 
She will attend the Yale School 

of Nursing next year in pursuit 
of a career in the medical field. 

"The seniors on this team are 
irreplaceable and show us what 
hard work and a great attitude 
can do," Messer said. "They 
will be truly missed, and I don't 
think they know how much they 
really mean to this team." 

Regals' Leckness looks to dominate in years to come 

Former dancer 
shines on the 
hard court 


abriella Gomez 
Staff Writer 

Photo by Trace Ronning- Sports Editor 

Room to Grow: Leckness will look to improve her 13-8 record next year. 

With "Go Girl" by Pitbull play- 
ing in the background, sopho- 
more Jordan Leckness gets her- 
self pumped up for a big match 
she's about to play. 

Leckness began playing tennis 
when she was 9 years old. 

"I was a dancer as well as a 
tennis player, and I continued 
dancing for about 13 years. I 
was more into dancing than ten- 
nis, and I started going to bal- 
let competitions, but since both 
my parents worked it was too 
much travel required to contin- 
ue competitively," Leckness said. 
"I started competing in tennis 
tournaments when I was about 
14. 1 had to make the decision of 
whether to be on the dance team 
or tennis team in high school." 

Leckness' decision to stick with 
tennis was made largely based 
on a childhood friend. 

"My best friend was a big influ- 
ence in my decision to play ten- 
nis since she had grown up play- 
ing and we wanted to be on the 
tennis team together," she said. 

She realized her passion for 
the sport when she won her first 
tournament at the USTA Junior 
Satellite Competition tourna- 
ment in Riverside, Calif. 

"It had been a goal of mine for 

a while and when I finally suc- 
ceeded, I was very excited," she 

Before she won the tourna- 
ment, she visualized winning 
her first trophy before, after and 
during each match. 

"It was an extra boost of mo- 
tivation to get me through each 
match. After I won, I felt so ac- 
complished," Leckness said. 

Leckness went to Tesoro High 


School in Orange County. She 
aimed high and trained hard 
during the summer before her 
freshman year at Tesoro. 

All of her hard work in the pre- 
vious years and especially that 
summer before paid off when 
she made varsity her freshman 
year. She ended her high school 
career as the varsity captain. 

"One of my biggest moments 
in my tennis career was when I 
made varsity my freshman year 
in high school — it was a huge 
deal, and it was so fun being on 
the team with my best friend" 
Leckness said. 

At a recent tournament at Mills 
College in Oakland, Calif., Leck- 
ness partnered with sophomore 
Holly Beaman to play doubles 
against two elderly women. 

"When the team arrived we 

saw four girls warming up, and 
two [older] women. We were 
looking around trying to find 
the rest of their team until we 
realized that the [older) women 
were part of the team," Leckness 

Though they were older, the 
women were competitive and 
didn't allow Leckness and Bea- 
man an easy win. 

"Holly and I ended up having 
to play them in doubles and they 
were feisty," Leckness said. 

However, the age of the wom- 
en did not stop Leckness and 
Beaman from driving home a 

"We started fighting over a ball 
that we called out and they dis- 
agreed. They both charged the 
net like they were ready to attack 
us. The next few points the [old- 
er] ladies were just aiming for us 
trying to smack us with every 
shot. Too bad it didn't work and 
we beat them," she said. 

The sophomore has continued 
to be a strong competitor for Cal 
Lutheran, and the women's ten- 
nis team finishing the season 
fifth in SCIAC with an overall 
record of 11-8. 

Leckness competed in the Ojai 
Tournament, April 22-25, and 
was taken out by Verena Preiks- 
chas of Cal State University, Sac- 
ramento, in the second round. 

Leckness' doubles partner Bea- 
man also was ousted in the sec- 
ond round. 

No Regal made it past the 
second round in the field of 64 

Regals track 
and field 
takes second 
at SCIACs 

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Mav 5. 2111(1 Vol. 55 Number 1 

Photo by Jenny Guy - Staff Reporter 

Dig, Baby, Dig: (left) CLU students plant 
drought tolerant plants outside ofRasmussen 
Hall as a part of Yam Yad. 

Photo courtesy of Matt Lee- Community Service 
Dig In: (below) Volunteers enjoyed a free 
lunch from In-N-Out. 

Some traditions never die 

Yam Yad brought back in celebration of 50th anniversary 

Photo by Matt Michaels - Staff Photographer 

Splish Splash: Yam Yad participants play in Grace pool after they spent the morning com- 
pleting the service project. 

Jenny Guy 
Staff Writer 

CLU decided to bring back the tradition 
of Yam Yad on May 1, to commemorate the 
university's 50th anniversary. 

Yam Yad, May Day spelled backward, 
was a service day founded in the 1970s, 
according to Stine Odegard, senior 
coordinator for Community Service at 
California Lutheran University. 

"This event used to be a really big hit, 
so we thought it would be a great idea to 
bring it back for CLU's 50th anniversary," 
Odegard said. 

The Yam Yad revival had approximately 
200 participants, consisting of alumni, 
administrators, faculty, staff and students, 
including freshman Nathan Chambers. 

"I've always loved doing community 

service, and I think there is no better way to 
help out the school than to contribute your 
time making it more beautiful," he said. "I 
thought it was pretty cool that I was able 
to improve the look of [Rasmussen Hall], 
where I will be living in next year." 

Working together was the main theme of 
Yam Yad. 

"I think its a great thing to get students 
and alumni serving together, giving back to 
their alma mater," Odegard said. 

CLU not only got new landscaping, but 
the plants that were planted as a part of Yam 
Yad will also help with water conservation. 

"We have been planting flowers and 
plants around campus that are drought 
tolerant, meaning they will save CLU about 
33 percent of its water usage," said junior 
Kristin White, a student leader for Yam Yad 
[See YAM YAD, Page 2] 

This week online at 



• Photos from the new 
Admission and Financial Aid 

• Spend your summer at CLU 

• Senate allocates $27,000 

• What does "organic" mean? 

• The last serving of Heather 
Taylor's Fashion Plate 

• He Said, She Said, goes for 
a spin 



• Water Polo plays in D3 
Championship Thursday 

• Baseball waits to see if they 
receive postseason bid 

• Read Caitlin Coomber's 
award winning article 
"What's the beef at Cal Poly?" 

• Poll: new "Twilight" movie 

Research of all kinds at Festival 

Gannon Smith 
Staff Writer 

Over the past week, many events 
were held for the Festival of 
Scholars put on by the Office for 
Undergraduate Research. 

The festival kicked off Friday, 
April 23, with California Lutheran 
University students and faculty 
performing musical compositions 
by Libby Larsen and ended 
Saturday, May 1, with Amanda 
Wallace and Kelly Derouin's 
theatre arts senior recital. 

For many students, it was a 

chance to present their capstone 
project or experiments that they 

The presentations ranged from 
musical performances to posters 
displaying student's internships. 

One session of presentations 
involved CLU students who 
received travel grants to attend 
regional and national conferences 
to present their research to other 

One presenter at that session, 
senior Joy Cyprian, traveled to the 
Southwest Regional Meeting for 
the American College of Sports 

Medicine in San Diego with 
four other CLU undergraduate 

"It was extremely flattering on 
many levels to be an undergrad 
student and justify my research to 
a Ph.D. student" Cyprian said. 

Another event featured during 
Festival of Scholars was the HD 
cinema class's presentation of 
their projects. 

Five of the students presented 
some of the work that they have 
put into to create the movie 

[See FESTIVAL, Page 3] 

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May 5, 2010 



Echo wins award 

Sophomore Caitlin Coomber, 
was awarded second place in 
editorial writing at the Society of 
Professional Journalists' Mark of 
Excellence Awards on Saturday, 
May 1. 

Coomber was an opinion writer 
for the paper last semester and is 
currently serving as the opinion 
editor. Originally from Murrieta, 
Calif., she is a double major in 
communication and political 

The State Press Editorial 
Board from Arizona State 
University earned first place 
and Kelly Fitzpatrick of The 
Daily Californian of University 
of California, Berkeley came in 
third in the four-year university 

Entrants came from schools all 
over Region 11, including UCLA, 
USC, ASU, Berekeley, Stanford 
and many others. 

Coomber's award is the first 
award that the Echo has won from 

"I want the Echo to be 
something that students can take 
pride in and be representative 
of the strong Communication 
program," Coomber said. 

"It is awards like this that help 
us achieve recognition in the 
competitive student journalism 

To read Coomber's winning 
editorial, check out the opinion 

Study abroad 
pre-departure dinner 

The study abroad center is 
hosting its largest pre-departure 
dinner on Wednesday, May 5. 

The dinner helps students 
prepare for going abroad, interact 
with students who have gone 
abroad in the past and offers 
helpful tips for living while 

Full coverage is available online 

Encuentros week celebrates Latino culture 

akie Rodriquez 
Staff Writer 

Pupusas, information on 
immigration, a bilingual chapel, 
salsa lessons and a pinata. 

All of these things can only 
mean one thing: Encuentros 
Week at CLU. 

During Monday, March 26, 
through Thursday, March 29, 
the Latin American Student 
Organization (LASO) hosted 
its traditional celebration full 
of events known as Encuentros 

"Encuentros week is the week 
LASO dedicates to sharing Latin 
culture, tradition and important 
issues with the California 
Lutheran University community," 
LASO President Yeraldy Torres 

The weeklong festivities began 
on Monday with a celebration 
of Salvadorian culture with the 
traditional meal of pupusas and 

the showing of the movie "Voces 
Inocentes," or "Innocent Voices." 

According to Torres, the movie 
was chosen to draw attention to 
the civil war in El Salvador. 

On the second night, members 
from Ventura County Clergy and 
Laity United for Economic Justice 
(VC Clue) gave a talk about the 
New Sanctuary Movement and 
immigration information. 

In addition, members from 
LASO shared stories from 
William Perez's book, "We Are 
Americans: Undocumented 

Students Pursuing the American 

The decision to include the 
discussion of social events was 
based on LASO's goal to highlight 
and discuss topics that are not 
normally discussed on campus. 

"LASO prides itself in putting 
together social events where 
Latin students and friends can 
come together to share tradition 
and culture, but it is important 

Old tradition, new start 

[YAM YAD, from Page 1] 

who was helping facilitate the 


Staff members, such as Valerie 
Crooks, senior project manager 
of Facilities Operations & 
Planning, was also greatly 
appreciative of the work being 

"They are doing such a 
wonderful job here" Crooks 
said. "I'm just impressed with 
the way they are dealing with the 
roots and the heavy digging, and 
they are just so cheerful about it. 
I hope it will be an annual event 
because it will certainly do a lot 
to improve the campus if this 
happens every year." 

After spending the morning 
doing service projects around 
campus, Yam Yad gave 

volunteers a chance to relax. 

"We have a pool party and 

a lunch from In-N-Out for 
everyone who served this 
morning," said Amanda 
Whealon, coordinator for 
Student Leadership and 
Programs, referring to the Grace 
pool and the large In-N-Out 
truck, which was parked outside 
of Mogen with free food for 

Different lawn games and 
crafts, a root beer keg and other 
fun activities were also planned, 
Whealon said. 

"There are a lot of great 
activities, but my favorite part 
of today has been digging holes, 
but, not only that, digging holes 
with people I know, which is 
always fun," junior Daniel Pell 
said. "Honestly, I would love to 
see this happen every year, so I 
hope we can bring this tradition 
back to what it used to be." 

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open, especially when they are 
hardly ever brought up around 
campus at CLU," Torres said. 

On Wednesday, March 28, 
LASO hosted chapel and in the 
evening hosted salsa lessons in 
Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center. 

The chapel service had readings 
in both English and Spanish. 

"Being part of chapel was a 
great experience, and it was great 
to be able to infuse some of our 
culture into one of the school 
traditions," said Kristen Luna, 
LASO secretary. 

The weeklong festivities 
concluded with one of LASO's 
long-time traditions of a fiesta 
outside of Grace Hall. 

The fiesta consisted of raffle 
prizes including DVDs and a 
Snuggie as well as food catered 
by Tres Amigos. The fiesta 
concluded with a pinata. 

This event appears to be a 
favorite among CLU students. 
Many people outside of LASO 
also attended, according to Luna. 

Overall, the weeklong events 
were intended to promote fun 
and awareness about other 

"I think Encuentros week is a 
time when students can explore 
and learn about different Latin 
American cultures," junior 
Vanessa Lara said. 

Some students feel that 
Encuentros week can help teach 
students about other cultures, 
even if students only attend an 
event or two. 

"There are so many fun and 
interesting things students can 
learn about other cultures just 
by attending one multicultural 
event," Lara said. 

Other students hope that the 
weeklong events add diversity to 
CLU itself. 

"Encuentros week is important 
to the diversity of CLU," Luna 
said. "It is a week full of events 
that spread awareness of our 
culture and welcome others to 
participate in events outside of 
their culture." 

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Symbol of excellence, KCLU takes home seven Murrow awards 

Alyssa Harris 
Staff Writer 

Lucky No. 7. 

KCLU the NPR radio station 
affiliated with California 
Lutheran University, won seven 
Regional Edward R. Murrow 
Awards for journalistic excellence 
on April 21. 

KCLU's seven awards marked 
the highest number of awards 
won by any small station covering 
California, Hawaii, Nevada and 
Guam, and the most the station 
has won in a single year. 

Since 2001, KCLU had been 
awarded 18 Murrow Awards. 

"The awards that KCLU were 
awarded are significant because 
it represents broadcasting 
excellence," said Mary Olson, 
KCLU's general manager. 
"[Murrow] awards are the way 
that KCLU's work is validated 
and recognized." 

John North, a retired Los 
Angeles reporter who produces 
special projects for KCLU, won 


We weren't 


stories to 

win awards, 

we were 

doing them 

to cover the community" 

- Lance Orozco 
News Director at KCLU 

"Audio Investigative Reporting" 
and "Audio News Documentary" 
awards for his documentary "Not 
in My Backyard." 

"Not in My Backyard" examined 
California's laws regulating 
paroled sex offenders. 

According to a CLU press 
release, "KCLU's mission is to 
provide comprehensive local 
and national public radio 
programming. These awards 
bring notoriety to the station 
for not only covering local and 
community news, but that they 

CLU cracking down 
on credit transfers 


ourtnie Batista 

Staff Wnter 

CLU's Registrar's office helps 
make students aware of new 
programs and informs them on 
how to go about transferring 

The office is becoming more 
strict about enforcing rules on 
what classes can be substituted for 
California Lutheran University 

Christy Sutphen, student 
records evaluator in the 
Registrar's office, is trying to 
avoid the hassle students have 
when they decide to take credits 
at another school. 

"We are hoping by enforcing 
these rules that students will be 
more encouraged to take classes 
on campus instead of looking 
elsewhere,'' she said. 

Beginning this summer, CLU 
will help provide financial aid 
to selective students who are 
interested in taking summer 
courses here. 

It will give students who don't 
necessarily have the money 
to pay for summer classes an 

A student is allowed to 
transfer up to 70 credits from 
a community college until they 
get to their last 40 credits before 

Once they get into those 40 
credits, they can only transfer up 
to 10 of those credits. 

This process can be difficult 
if a student does not know the 
proper steps to take. First off, 
a student needs to pick up a 
transfer approval form from the 
Registrar's office. 

On the form, he or she needs a 
signature from the department 
chair of his or her major and then 

he or she needs to indicate what 
class the replacement is for. 

Once the form is filled out, a 
student turns it in and waits to 
hear if the class is approved. 

Most students make the 
mistake of not getting the classes 
approved before taking them 
and then get frustrated that they 
did not know the class had to be 

In a few years, the Registrar's 
office hopes to implement a plan 
where one can't transfer credits 
unless it's pre-approved. 

The fall 2009 semester was the 
first semester for the 4-to-Finish 

This program gives incoming 
students the guarantee that he or 
she will graduate in four years. If 
unable receive a diploma within 
this time, CLU will cover the cost 
of the additional semesters. 

Students need to sign up their 
first year for the program in 
order to qualify. 

"This program will definitely 
show students that they should 
be able to graduate on time. It 
will also be a great way to recruit 
new students," Sutphen said. 

CLU is one of the few colleges 
to implement this program. 

"I'm glad CLU decided to get 
a program like this. It will make 
students feel more secure when 
they can come in knowing they 
will be out in four years," junior 
Kelsey Licastro said. 

CLU is dedicated to making 
sure its students get the classes 
they need in the amount of time 
they deserve. 

"We want students to know 
that we are here to help," Sutphen 
said. "We want them to graduate 
on time and inform them that 
CLU has the resources to help 
them do that." 

are committed to covering 
it in the highest journalistic 

The Murrow Awards are named 
after famed broadcast journalist 
Edward R. Murrow, who worked 
for CBS. 

Murrow began to gain 
recognition for his broadcasts 
during World War II, according 

Entries are entered by 
geographic region then judged 
by diverse panel of judges from 
around the country. 

"These awards are different" 
Olson said, "because they are 
being judged by other journalists, 
and they judge your piece to be 
the best in the category." 

Entries that win regional awards 
are automatically submitted 
for consideration of a national 
Murrow Award. 

The Radio Television Digital 
News Association Board of 
Directors will select the national 
Edward R. Murrow Award 
winners from among the regional 

"We cover things that are 
important for the community. 
We weren't doing stories to win 
awards; we were doing them to 
cover the community," said Lance 
Orozco, KCLU news director. 
"We would like to think the 
Murrow Awards are a reflection 
of what we do." 

Orozco won awards for "Audio 

Continuing Coverage," for 
his coverage of the Guiberson 
brushfire, "Audio News 

Coverage," for KCLU's Arts and 
Entertainment Reports, "Audio 
Sports Reporting" and for "Use of 

KCLU went on air in 1994 
and has provided local and 
community news. It now reaches 
over 80,000 listeners in Ventura 
and Santa Barbara counties and 

"The Edward R. Murrow Awards 
reflect that we have such great 
influences right here on campus, 
which can inspire and help me for 
my future career in broadcasting," 
junior communication major 
Allison Mehnert said. 

Weeklong event highlights work 

[FESTIVAL, from Page 1] 

"Avatar' was a big inspiration 
for our movie," said sophomore 
Scott Beady, the director of 

"We are incorporating CG into 
live action portions. It should 
turn out really cool." 

Another presentation was given 
by senior Kevin Holt, presenting 
his capstone to peers and faculty 
including CLU President Chris 
Kimball regarding the prevalence 
of cyber-bullying. 

During the presentation, he 
gave this example to demonstrate 
face-to-face and computer- 
mediated communication. 

"Dr. Kimball, if I was to call 
you stupid, face-to-face, then 
you would know that I was 
joking," Holt said, "but if I was 
to text you, 'you are stupid' then 
you could probably say, 'I know 
Kevin, he is probably joking,' 
but, most likely not. I can't really 
know what your reaction will 
be, and you won't know if I am 

Many other projects were 
presented at poster sessions. 

Overton Hall was filled with 
exhibits all week long. 

The students who gave 
senior recitals included: Evan 

Photo by Maxx Buchanan - Staff Photographet 

Listen and Learn: Senior Malcolm Mostoles (right) explains his project 
"Existence and Reliability of the Heart Rate Threshold as an Indicator of 
the Anaerobic Threshold" to senior Josh Oosterhoffat the Festival of 
Scholars, last week in the Soiland Recreation Center. 

Sponseller (composition), 

Wyndi May (flute), Daniel Liles 
(composition), Amanda Wallace 
and Kelly Derouin (theater arts). 

There were also two junior 
recitals by pairs Katie Bode and 
Janna Wilhelm and Kayla Bailey 
and Skyler Butenshon. 

Along with the presentations 
of undergraduate students, 
there were graduate research 
symposiums and other panels. 

In the graduate research 
symposium, many speakers 
presented research about 
education, such as Viva B. 
Tomlin, M.A., 2009, whose 
research was on empowering 
deaf and hard -of- hearing English 
language learners in reading 
fluency development. 

Festival of Scholars allowed 
CLU students to present their 
research that they had completed. 

Psi Chi announces new members 


athaniel Fernandez 
Special to the Echo 

On April 29, Psi Chi, the 
International Honors Society 
in Psychology, inducted 16 new 
members at its annual induction 
ceremony as part of the 2010 
Festival of Scholars. 

The ceremony was attended 
by Provost and Vice President 
of Academic Affairs, Leanne 
Neilson, Dean of the College of 
Arts and Sciences, Joan Griffin 
and both undergraduate and 
graduate psychology faculty. 

Psi Chi was created in 1929 
with the goal of encouraging, 
stimulating and maintaining 
excellence in scholarship 
and advancing the science of 

psychology. Today Psi Chi has 
over 1,090 chapters around 
the world. California Lutheran 
University's chapter was started in 

All inducted members are 
required to have a minimum GPA 
of 3.0, a psychology GPA of 3.60 
and complete three semesters 
of college, including at least 12 
credits of psychology classes for 
undergraduate inductees or at 
least six courses for graduate 

The inductees for 2010 are: 
Lucy Cancino, Melisa Esquivel, 
Danielle Harms, Michelle 
Quinto Marasigan, Kaitlyn 
Masai, Miranda Sager, Rajima 
Danish, Sonia Estrada, Jessica 
E. Gardner, Corrin Hoglund, 

Cynthia J. Homel, Richard 
Hupp, Kristen Roye, Rosa-Maria 
Lazarovits, Gladys Manrique, 
Caroline Marrujo and Elizabeth 
L. Rockwell. 

Psi Chi faculty adviser Dr. Rainer 
Diriwachter officially welcomed 
the inductees into the society with 
the formal words of induction and 
a candle-lighting ceremony. 

Diriwachter also presented 
Robert Duff, two-term former 
president of the society, with a 
special certificate of gratitude for 
his hard work. 

The new officers for the Psi Chi 
for the 2010-201 1 school year are: 
Nathaniel Fernandez, president; 
Patricia Jordan, vice president; 
and Lucy Cancino, secretary and 

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Mexican Art Exhibit helps celebrate Encuentros week 

Lauren Puopolo 
Staff Writer 

This past Tuesday, April 27, the 
reception for the Mexican Art Ex- 
hibit took place in the foyer of the 
Preus-Brandt Forum. 

The exhibit was sponsored by 
CLU's Multicultural and Interna- 
tional programs, Latin American 
Student Organization (LASO) and 
Mexican Consulate. 

It featured the works of five art- 
ists, which included 25 paintings 
and four sculptors. The styles var- 
ied from contemporary to histori- 

All of the artists on display are 
currently residents of Mexico City, 
whose education and training have 
encouraged them to produce art 
that reflects Mexican traditions 
and values. 

"The artists developed their art 
with the help of novels to inspire 
them. We would read a book and 
then try and capture a specific 
scene that spoke to us," artist Car- 
men Chami said. 

According to Chami, every 
££ painting was 

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and then try 

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specific scene she refers to 

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Baroque de- 

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Photo by Matt Michaels - Staff Photographer 

*New Mexican Family*: Observers huddle in the foyer of the Preus- 
Brandt Forum to enjoy works from emerging Mexican artists. 

done in an 
old Mexican 
mastered tech- 

century by the paintings of Span- 
ish immigrant Sebastian L6pez de 

The style is characterized by dra- 
matic figures, deep colors and in- 

tense contrast between light and 

Besides being Baroque, Chami 
adds that she would also describe 
her art as "100 percent figurative." 

One painting called "New Mexi- 
can Family," according to Chami, 
tells a story about a family consist- 
ing of a grandmother, a mother 
and a child. 

The blank picture frame in the 
painting is said to symbolize the 
absence of the male influence and 
the power of the women's role in a 
Mexican family. 

Also on display was artwork that 
illustrated popular books such as 

During the event, Chami walked 
around to each painting, describ- 
ing the different pieces of work and 
some background information of 
the artists who painted them. 

Jonnel Johnson, a senior biology 
major at CLU, described the art as 
exquisite and wonderful. 

"Each painting really captured 
the meaning of a story behind it," 

Johnson said. 

"It was also interesting to hear 
the background history of each 
painter from Carmen. She really 
described the art in a way that 
made it come to life." 

According to Michael Pearce, 
chair of the art department, Mexi- 
can art is very similar to art that is 
done in the U.S. 

"The art is impressive," sopho- 
more Elliott Ness said. "I wish it 
could be on display longer." 

The art exhibit was part of the 
Encuentros festival, a week-long 
celebration that included a Peru- 
vian/Salvadorian night, a special 
chapel service and a salsa dance 

The artworks were on display for 
only a short period of time so they 
can continue to travel all through- 
out the United States and Canada. 

The art exhibit ended this past 
Friday, April 30. Pearce said he 
would love to exhibit similar Mexi- 
can art in the Kwan Fong Gallery 
in the future. 

Senior Banquet is a social 
send off for future graduates 

Courtney Minton 
Staff Writer 

Graduation is upon us. For se- 
niors this means filling out last- 
minute paperwork and studying 
for their last college finals. 

The Senior Banquet is the last 
chance for the senior class to be 
together in a social setting before 
graduation day. 

Each year, this event is put on by 
the Senior Pride Committee. This 
year, the night of celebration took 
place at Bogie's on April 29. 

In the past, the Senior Banquet 
was usually a dinner held on 
campus. This year, the event was 
a reception with heavy appetizers. 

Seniors were greeted outside the 
Westlake Village bar and lounge 
by fellow classmates then urged to 
venture out onto the patio, which 
had hors dbeuvres, candlelit tables 
and a fireplace. 

Throughout the night, seniors 
meandered from table to table, 
socializing with their classmates. 
Pictures were taken as they sat 
around recalling their favorite 
memories of Cal Lutheran. 

"At the reception, students were 
able to do what they have always 
done; celebrate and catch up with 
their fellow classmates," Whealon 

Bogies provided CLU seniors 
over the age of 21 the opportunity 
to buy drinks and enjoy the 

"The senior events are always 
enjoyable, especially if there is 
alcohol," senior Cara Suarez said. 

The evening provided a way for 
the senior class to honor their 
fellow classmates as well as their 

professor by previously voting on 
Senior of the Year and Professor of 
the Year. 

"The Seniors [were] all sent 
an e-mail with a link to take a 
short survey where they [could] 
nominate the Senior of the 
Year and Professor of the Year," 
Whealon said. "They [were] 100 
percent chosen by the senior class." 

The 2010 Senior of the Year 
title was awarded in a tie to 
Kevin Holt and Reshai Tate. The 
Professor of the Year award went 
to communication professor Dr. 
Sharon Docter. Leader of the Year 
was also selected, and the honor 
went to Elsa Perez. 

Students also took the time to 
make donations toward this year's 
senior gift The gift from the class 
of 2010 is the restoration of a fire 
truck donated by William Rolland, 
the same man who donated the 
money for CLU's new football 

"It's different from a normal 
senior gift," senior Beth Peters- 
Berry said. "But it's pretty cool 
and will be used at events like 

These seniors are just over a week 
away from graduation. This time 
is filled with tedious assignments 
and last minute preparations. The 
senior banquet is a way to help 
them unwind from the stresses of 

"It's great to be able to spend 
one last night with all of my 
classmates," Suarez said. "There 
are some people here that I haven't 
had classes with since freshman 
year, and it is great to catch up 
with everyone before we all go our 
separate ways." 

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Paulucci became a great bene- 
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she and her husband donated a 
large sum of money to construct 
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Like Paulucci, Rolland has also 
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Behind the Scenes: Information Systems and Services 


rad Hendrickson 
Staff Writer 

Photo by Nicole Chang - Staff Photographei 

Get By With A Little Help: Junior Elizabeth Bridge gets help from ISS. 

Students who attend CLU have 
all seen teachers struggle with 
overhead projectors in class, 
used computers in the library 
or needed help trouble shooting 
their e-mail. 

All of these services, and many 
others, are possible because of 
the Information Systems and 
Services (ISS). 

ISS' mission is "to deliver and 
support high quality research 
and information technology 

The Fashion Plate: A healthy Serving Each Week 

Despite your age, you wear it well 

Heather Taylor 

As I rode 
home with one 
of my clos- 
est friends 
one night, our 
slipped quickly 
into the world 
of fashion. 

Like me, she 
was deeply 
concerned for the generation 
surrounding us, the one with the 
denim cut-off miniskirts, fur- 
lined Uggs and "Jersey Shore" 
Snooki hair-poofs becoming the 

"I feel like people aren't dress- 
ing for themselves anymore.'she 
said. "I feel like they're dressing 
to be trendy. I don't want to be a 
part of that, and I like the clothes 
from eras like the 1940s, but I re- 
ally don't think I can pull off that 

A sense of quiet sadness filled 
me when she said this. 

I know I'm not alone when I say 
I wish I had been born during a 
different decade or another cen- 

When I was in third grade, I 
was fascinated with the look of 
the early 1900s Victorian society. 
My hero was Samantha Park- 
ington of the "American Girl" 
series. I read all of her books and 
studied the fashion notes back- 
ground section in the back of the 
novels. The starter kit included 
little white gloves, lace parasols, 
corsets and hoop skirts. 

In grade school, we were told to 
make an outline of what we be- 
lieved our future would be like. 
My future, I happily informed 
my teacher, would have me 
dressed in petticoats in my day 
to day life. 
She tore my paper apart for 

writing that. It was impractical 
to dream of being Mary Lennox 
from "The Secret Garden" and 
unrealistic to expect that I could 
dress like that. 

Though I was deeply crushed to 
read such a remark, it burned a 
fire inside of me. I would not be 
told if I could or could not wear 
something ever again. I'd take 
impracticality over ordinary any 
day of the week. 

If forced to conform to ordi- 
nary (i.e. school uniforms), I 
would spin it so that my sense of 
self shined through. 

I've been through a series of 
clothing phases ever since. My 
closet back home is a testament 
to this fact. 

There was a period of time in 
which I didn't dress for myself. 
Luckily, this period of time was 
one with Dooney & Bourke 
handbags and Le Tigre polo 
shirts, the way most of my high 
school looked on a casual uni- 
form-less Friday. 

This was before the time where 
dressing with leggings as a sub- 
stitute for pants and Ed Hardy 
apparel became the unfortunate 
trend to don in public. This time 
was very much the same as now 
in the sense that I forgot about 
dressing for myself and got lost 
in the trend of being like every- 
one else. 

I went back to finding myself, 
with some assistance along the 
way. I made collages of looks I 
liked and placed them on a bul- 
letin board in my room. I paid 
attention to details and care- 
fully noted what I looked for in 
a complete ensemble. 

I also watched movies, lis- 
tened to various songwriters and 
stared at photos to better figure 
out what I liked and the common 

theme behind these outfits. 

Throughout this experience I've 
discovered if you want to look or 
dress in a certain way inspired 
by another era or a person, you 
need to do it. You can do it! 

Naturally, you'll get people who 
don't want you to or like what 
you're doing. If you happen to 
be reaching into the discount bin 
for an unflattering blouse just 
because it is on sale, I'd listen to 
them. Don't do it. 

If you see somebody wearing 
an interesting pair of shoes and 
think 'I'd like to try that,' but 
are surrounded by others who 
say that you can't pull off such 
a look, defend yourself and try 
out that pair of shoes. The con- 
fidence you get wearing them is 
just as key as the fit. 

There will always be someone 
who doesn't agree with your 
chosen aesthetic. This is normal. 
However, you should never sur- 
round yourself with individuals 
who constantly critique how you 
dress or put down that style. 

There will be haters to the left, 
but a true friend will accept you 
for who you are, no matter how 
you're styled. 

In a shortened version of the 
above mentioned paragraphs, 
this is what I told my friend in 
the car last night. She's already 
a really fantastic dresser, in my 
opinion, but everyone deserves 
to be encouraged with what 
they want to wear and how they 
would like to dress. 

Consider me your personal 
cheerleader in this sense. I may 
not know you personally, but I'll 
support you in whatever cloth- 
ing phase you choose. All except 
for the "Jersey Shore" stuff. 

Just back away now, and no one 
gets hurt. 

tools for the CLU community." 

The department provides ser- 
vices to students that can go 
unnoticed. It consists of the 
Administrative Information 
Systems (AIS), the Center for 
Teaching and Learning, Circu- 
lation Services, the Computer 
Help Desk, Interlibrary Loan 
(ILL), Media Services, Informa- 
tion Commons, Telecommuni- 
cations and Computer Training. 

Communication professor Kel- 
ley has had plenty of experience 
with the ISS department. 

"I am very pleased with the ser- 
vice. Since I have a Mac, the per- 
son who answers the phone can't 
always help me out but there is 
somebody on staff who special- 
izes and I've always gotten my 
problem resolved," she said. 

Director of Client Services Sue 
Bauer is one of the minds behind 

"We are a service organization 
and one of our major roles is to 
see that ISS services, both library 
££ and technol- 

There have °&< f e de " 
beenmany liver f d in a 
times that "mely, seam- 

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helped fix my s0 our clien ' s 
e-mail and ««ive excel- 

download lent serv , ,ce ' 

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machines on 

campus. Ac- 
cording to its Web site, one of 
its goals is to "enhance teaching 
and learning through appropri- 
ate and innovative uses of tech- 
The department also provides 

educational services to spread 
the use of technology among 
students and faculty. 

Freshman Joey Glass has used 
the ISS services many times. 

"They are such a useful service 
on campus. Being a freshman, 
I've needed a lot of help with 
Blackboard," Glass said. 

To expand the department, an- 
other goal of ISS is to "increase 
recognition of CLU's use of tech- 
nology by maintaining a com- 
petitive advantage to help attract 
and retain quality students, fac- 
ulty and staff." 

According to Bauer, it is im- 
portant to orient university em- 
ployees so that they can better 
serve students. 

"When a new employee comes 
on board, we offer a one-on-one, 
personal computer desktop ori- 
entation," she said. 

Sophomore Alana Boyd ex- 
pressed her gratitude toward ISS. 

"There have been many times 
that the ISS has helped fix my 
e-mail and download virus soft- 
ware for my computer," she said. 

The ISS department plans for 
CLU, such as a new public stor- 
age server, monitoring systems 
changes and update disaster re- 
covery plans for Datatel, the li- 
brary and network services. 

Help Desk office hours 

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 
6 p.m. 

Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Saturday & Sunday: Closed 

**For help desk assistance out- 
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send an e-mail to: helpdesk@ 


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May 5, 2010 

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FEATURES - Paee 7 

Seniors' art work is 
their 'Lifeline' 

Photo by Robyn Poynter • Staff Photographei 

Curtain Call: Art professor Larkin Higgins and senior Briseida Favela 
admire a student's last piece at CLU in the Kwan Fong Gallery. 


aley de Vinney 
Staff Writer 

Works of up-and-coming art- 
ists are now being presented 
to the public in the Kwan Fong 

The Senior Art Exhibit "Life- 
lines" is held to celebrate the 
works of graduating art majors 
in the capstone class. A jury of 
art professors had handpicked 
them from submitted works. 

A reception for the exhibit 
was held Saturday, May 1, in the 
Kwan Fong Gallery at California 
Lutheran University. 

The artwork submitted varies 
in media including solar etch- 
££ ing, scratch- 

board, wood- 
[Students] block print, 

think plaster cast 

about their and photo 
strengths emulsion. 

and weak- This year 

nesses with the exhibit 
their artwork included se- 
and their n j ors Briseida 

techniques Favela, Cam- 
and they e ron Hurdus, 

think about Jennifer De- 
whattheyre- r us, Jennifer 
ally want to Vreeke, Ka- 
do with their trina Karazis- 
art majors" s i s and Pay- 
ton Aarestad. 
Larkin Higgins Larkin Hig- 
Art Professor gins, profes- 
— ■— — — — sor of art, 
emphasized the importance of 
the seniors displaying their art- 
work. She said the event com- 
pletes the art process. 

"Once you've completed the 
piece you really need an audi- 
ence to get feedback from it. 
If you don't exhibit your work, 
you're not really completing that 
entire creative process. It's re- 

ally the last step," Higgins said. 

Favela echoed the idea of dis- 
playing the artwork as being the 
last step in the process of creat- 
ing art. 

"I feel it is important for the 
artists. They get to show their 
work, show what they have done. 
You feel proud of your work. It's 
kind of like an appreciation for 
the work you have done for the 
whole four years," Favela said. 

The seniors were in charge of 
designing and setting up the gal- 
lery. Karazissis expressed an ap- 
preciation for the capstone class. 

"It showed us how to develop 
a gallery. It was a lot of work," 
Karazissis said. "We all didn't re- 
alize how much it would be. It's 
great to see how it turned out." 

The rock awards were present- 
ed by several professors. 

Each professor in the art de- 
partment brought a rock and 
presented it to the student they 
think stood out in some way 
that year. 

It was a chance for them to rec- 
ognize each student's excellence 
demonstrated through out the 

Higgins, professor of the cap- 
stone class, said the course chal- 
lenges students to think about 
how to define their art and the 
purpose of their art. 

"[Students] think about their 
strengths and weaknesses with 
their artwork and their tech- 
niques and they think about 
what they really want to do with 
their art majors," Higgins said. 
"They project into the future 
and think about all of the possi- 
bilities one can use an art degree 

The exhibit will be on display 
in the Kwan Fong Gallery until 
May 15. 

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He Said, She Said: A little of him, a little of her 

A cycle of death at Gold's Gym 

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Antoine Adams 

I don't know how I get myself 
into these things but once again 
I'm exercising. This time, on a bike. 

We went to a spinning class at 
Gold's Gym that Allie has been 
trying to get me to go all year, and I 
finally gave in. I have since learned 
my lesson from the last time I went 
to an aerobics class. 

You have to get there early be- 
cause spots fill up quickly so, for 
1 5 minutes before the class started, 
I watched different kinds of people 
who walked into the class. It was 
mosdy girls; a 9-to-l ratio, of girls 
to guys. 

This class was too serious for me. 
People came wearing special bik- 
ing shoes for more grip, wrapped 
towels around their seat to prevent 
slipping and attached petals, which 
is harder to do than it looks. 

I was already upset when the 
class began, because I unwill- 
ingly sat in the front row. Its not 
my favorite place to be because it 
is much harder to get away with 

The instructor started the class 
with at a slow pace, Which had 
me feeling confident. Of course, it 
gradually became more difficult; 
we started standing up and then 
she wanted everyone to turn up 
the resistance. 

Like I said, I learned my lesson 
from the Pilates class. The instruc- 
tor wanted to push us so she told 
the whole class to turn up the resis- 
tance every minute, and that just 

wasn't going to happen on my part. 
Instead, I put my bike on cruise 
control and pretended to struggle. 
I took breaks on my own time and 
replenished with water often. 

To feel at least some of the expe- 
rience, I turned up the resistance 
one notch, but that was as adven- 
turous as I was going to be. I still 
wanted to be able to walk after this 

The good music really helped 
ease the pain; you just feel the beat 
and then you can get into a "zone." 
You can even sing aloud and the 
person next to you won't hear you 
because it's so loud. 

Taking a spinning class can be a 
great workout because it focuses 
on different parts of the body that 
I don't normally pay attention to. 

But, make no mistake, the time 
was inching by. 

I was constantly looking at the 
clock because I wanted the class to 

lust remember, when the in- 
structor asks the class to turn up 
the resistance, just tell her two 
words that rhyme with "duck Sue." 
She can't hear you anyway. 

Alexandra Butler 

Exercising is personal. It is im- 
portant to remember that every- 
one has his or her own personal 
regimen, and not everything 
works for everyone. 

This week Antoine and I went 
to a spinning class at Golds Gym. 
The gym can be a very intimidat- 

ing place. I noticed a handful of 
men who had muscles the size of 
planets, and women who looked 
like models, barely sweating while 
working out. My initial thought 
was "Great I look like Raggedy 
Anne compared to these pros." 

The class doesn't start until 6 
p.m., but to guarantee a bike you 
have to get there by 5:15 p.m. We 
arrived at 5:20 p.m. and the class 
was almost full. I love to spin, but, 
honestly, not enough to get to the 
gym an hour in advance to get a 

Everyone who wants to take the 
class has to wait in line for a num- 
ber. While waiting in line I no- 
ticed the spin instructor running, 
which seemed unnecessary to me 
because she was about to bike for 
an hour. 

The music started and I pedaled 
"like a bat outta hell" and got my 
heart rate up. I was pumped up, 
feeling good and confident. These 
optimistic feelings lasted only 20 
minutes before I was exhausted. I 
should have paced myself. 

However, the energy from the 
instructor and the determination 
of everyone else in the class was 

I noticed everyone else kept 
moving their pedals so I focused 
on the music and pushed through. 

I hardly noticed Antoine was 
with me the whole time, but hav- 
ing him by my side also motivated 
me to last the full hour. 

However, after the instructor 
said the class was going to go five 
minutes over, I left. Sixty minutes 
is about all I can enjoy. 


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their duty. The organization also 
funds the William Rolland Fire- 
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which promotes prevention and 
knowledge of fire and disaster. 

Rolland's past of playing football 
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cision to donate $5 million to con- 
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Current 'go green' movement is a superficial trend 

Just like fashion trends, it's 
pretty tough to keep up with the 
"cool kids" and their recycling. 

Don't get me wrong, I 
appreciate people making a 
conscious effort to be less 

However, I do think it is 
necessary to acknowledge the 
place of privilege people "going 
green" are perceived to come 

Consider this: According to 
2008 census data, there are more 
than 39.8 million people living 
in poverty in the United States 
of America. 

For these individuals, I'm sure 
issues like affordable health care 

and access to education take 
precedence over "going green." 

This isn't to say that this 
population has a complete 
disregard for the environment. 
That isn't the point at all. 

But, if one's basic needs are 
not fully met, fighting to protect 
the environment may seem 

Does that make them bad 

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people? I don't think so, but our 
infatuation with social-proof 
would suggest so. Rarely do 
we consider what other issues 
individuals may be facing that 
prohibit them from seeing going 
green as an important issue. 

We've been programmed as 
a society in the last few years 
to remain environmentally 
conscious at all costs and to 

shun those who aren't. 

Then there's the question of 
intention. What if the daily tasks 
you do in a "green" way aren't 
done consciously. 

For example, college students 
seem highly in tune with the 
green movement. At least on the 
surface, college students seem to 
be recycling more and trading 
out pricey, gas-guzzling cars for 
mountain bikes, being much 
more "eco-friendly" than most. 

However, for most college 
students, the decision is more 
about money than the cause. 

After all, our lives are organized 
by our priorities, and money, or 
the lack thereof, always makes 
the top of the list. 

In these shaky economic 
times I think the decision to "go 
green" has a lot to do with saving 
bucks rather than saving Mother 
Earth. Maybe it's the realist in 
me, but the prospect of saving 
a little money is much more 

persuasive when I decide not 
to buy an over-priced bottle of 
water in the Centrum. The fact 
that I'm saving the environment 
by filling up my Nalgene water 
bottle instead is an afterthought 
at best. 

Does that change anything for 
people who are passionate about 
the environment? I don't think 

In the grand scope of things, 
I'm not really sure if the massive 
pressure we put on each other is 

Kudos to those who have made 
the environment their cause 
of choice. I think it's a worthy 

But with there being so many 
other things to be worried 
about, I think it's okay to give 
some slack to those people 
who don't place environmental 
conciousness at the top of their 
priority list. 

It's only fair. 

Dating on college campuses different than 'real world' 

The male and female dynamic 
is one that continues to perplex 
and amuse even the most 
unromantic of skeptics. 

Though there is always a 
human level on which men and 
women relate, the beginnings 
of a relationship start with 
the acknowledgment of how 
different the two sexes are. 

Men and women have always 
been intrigued by each other's 
attitudes and behaviors, but 
often times the divide between 
the genders seems just too great 
of an expanse to traverse. 

At a small school like 
California Lutheran University, 
people have an opportunity 
to meet and socialize with 
members of the opposite sex 
where the distance between men 
and women is made smaller by 
all that is shared by students of 
the same school. 

For many, college is simply a 
means by which one becomes 
more educated. 

For others who desire a more 
motion-picture type "college 
experience," learning takes place 
outside the classroom. 

In regard to romantic 
relationships, college students 
not only have opportunities to 
discover characteristics they 
find attractive in a potential 
partner, but begin to understand 
their needs, the needs of another 
and how to seek balance between 

the two. 

A college campus can be the 
ideal place for people to meet 
and interact with one another. 
Classes, events, lectures, dining 
and intramural sports provide 
endless opportunities to meet 
new people. 

A collegiate backdrop as a place 
of meeting is also conducive to 
positive interactions. Students 
who attend the same school 
have common ground on which 
to easily relate. 

On the other hand, a school 
setting can be the perfect 
distraction should an experience 
between two people go awry. 
With all campus events and 
news faces, moving on from an 
unsuccessful relationship is not 
as challenging. 

I wonder whether dating is 
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life" and what the positives and 
negatives for each situation are. 

In real life, people are often at 
different stages of life. 

Though healthy relationships 
can exist between people who are 
in different places in their lives, 
there is a great understanding 
and a certain redemptive quality 
to find a person going through 
much of the same mental and 
physical circumstances. 

Similarly, relationships that 
begin in a small school setting 
typically allow for a grace 
period where people can get to 
know one another without the 
pressure of taking the next step. 

Takingthetimein the beginning 
to get to know someone will 
inevitably save time in the long 
run because these beginning 
stages determine whether or not 
you will continue to invest your 

Relationships do exist on 
campus, but what makes them 
healthy and functioning? How 
are they initiated and by whom? 

The answers to these questions 

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are subjective, at best. 

However, I believe the 
healthiest relationships 

are rooted in honesty and 

Without honesty, there is only 
insecurity and unrest built upon 
deception; one or both parties 
have been bribed by some kind 
of lure and untruth that will 
continue to fester until they 

Without communication, both 
parties are rendered blind and 
remain in the dark, unsettled 
and confused. 

Of course, nobody wants to 
suffer rejection, but it really 
is the fear of rejection, not 
rejection itself, that is the most 

Often times, people interested 
in having a relationship develop 
tunnel vision, focusing only on 
the potential rejection, when 
in reality it is most important 
to focus on being honest with 
yourself and the person you are 
talking to and to communicate 
as effectively as possible. 

May 5, 2010 

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OPINION - Page 9 

Unschooling is unwise 



Unschooling is nothing new, 
but recent news coverage of the 
learning method has been caus- 
ing much controversy lately. 

The term "unschooling" was 
coined by educator John Holt 
back in the 1970s and refers to 
homeschoolers who have no set 

The parent is to administer les- 
sons, but only if and when the 
child asks to be taught. 

In other words, the child has 
complete control and is totally 
in charge of learning- not the 

This means that a child does 
not learn to read and write un- 
til they ask to be taught how to, 
which in some cases is years be- 
hind public school curriculum. 

According to Pat Farenga, who 
wrote the book "Teach Your 
Own: The fohn Holt Book of 
Homeschooling" about the un- 
schooling movement, "It isn't 

unusual to find unschoolers who 
are barely 8 years old studying 
astronomy or who are 10 years 
old and just learning to read." 

This learning method is a bit 
extreme and not to mention ir- 
responsible on the parent's part. 

It is hard for me to fathom that 
a parent would think this style of 
learning is what is best for their 

I understand that some chil- 
dren love learning and want to 
know everything, but what about 
the children who would rather 
play video games all day? 

According to the rules of un- 
schooling, parents would have 
to let their kids make that deci- 
sion for themselves, even if that 
means playing video games and 
watching TV rather than learn- 

If a child does not want to learn 
math or is uninterested in gram- 
mar, then that is that. No math. 
No grammar. 

This makes me wonder just 
how many kids are being robbed 
of a proper education. 

According to ABC News, 
"Out of an estimated 56 million 
school age children [in the Unit- 
ed States], about 1.5 million are 

homeschooled. Of that number, 
at least 100,000 are believed to be 

Are these 100,000 children go- 
ing to be prepared for college and 
the real world when they have no 
formal educational background 
or knowledge of how a basic 
school system works? 

Or better yet, should they even 
be allowed into college with no 
former set curriculum? How 
will colleges know if they have 
mastered or even learned the re- 
quired material? 

I don't see how someone who 
grew up being unschooled could 
function at California Lutheran 
University - or any university - 
for that matter. 

While parents in support of the 
unschooling movement argue 
that their children are more cre- 
ative and have experiences that 
other kids do not, I believe they 
are doing a great disservice to 
their children. 

Even if they do not agree with 
how the public school system 
works, they still need to accept 
the fact that their kids will be a 
part of that society one day. 

Wouldn't it be better if they are 
properly prepared for it? 

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Injections are unethical 

'Naturally produced' HGH provides 
way to circumvent drug testing 

It seems that all athletes, 
regardless of their level of ability, 
have one thing in common: they 
all want to run faster, jump 
higher and throw harder. For 
years, the only way to enhance 
performance was through 
intensifying your workout 
regimen or using anabolic 
steroids. In recent times, 
athletes have been turning to 
other substances. 

One such substance is the 
human growth hormone, more 
commonly known as HGH. 

HGH is produced naturally 
in one's body by the pituitary 
gland. It is known as the 
"hormone of youth" because of 
its anti-aging qualities. HGH 
serves many functions and is 
plentiful in a young body. As 
you grow older, levels of HGH 
begin to plummet. Similar to 
steroids, HGH helps you build 
muscle and heal at a faster rate. 

According to a recent article 
on, though the 
substance is illegal, there is no 
way to test for it in athletes. The 
yahoo article goes on to state 
that, "even though HGH is on 
the list of banned substances, 
there is no urine test for it." 

HGH may sound like an 
athlete's dream, but here's the 
catch: there are potential health 
risks with using the hormone. 
According to bodybuildingweb. 
net, "Acromegaly disease is 
caused by too much HGH in 
the body. It is the overgrowth 
of the bones and connective 
tissue causing a protruding jaw 
and eyebrows. You will start to 
look like a cro magnon' man. 
Your hands and feet become 
abnormally large, and your 
internal organs grow, including 
your heart, which is irreversible. 
Liver and thyroid damage 
and low insulin levels are also 
possible side effects of abuse. 
You may also possibly be putting 
yourself at risk of cancers and 
other health effects." 

It's pretty scary sounding. 

In regards to your overall 

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health and well-being, taking 
HGH is a gamble. 

You may become a stronger 
athlete, but you could potentially 
damage your body. Winning is 
important in any sport, but it is 
crazy how far some athletes are 
willing to go. 

I understand the drive to 
succeed and desire to improve 
oneself as an athlete, but to me, 
it is not worth putting your 
health at risk. 

On an ethical level, HGH is also 
questionable. Is it fair that some 
athletes are given an advantage 
due to an added substance? 

Perhaps sports officials and 
doctors should work together to 
develop a test in which they can 
easily and routinely test players 
for HGH, just as they would for 

If steroids are illegal at the 
college and professional sports 
level, then we should enforce 
rules for the banned HGH 
substance too. 

It may be a 'naturally produced' 
by the body, but putting high 
doses of it into your system 
is by no means natural and 
can definitely give an athlete 
advantages over others who do 
not use the hormone. 

If an athlete wants to improve, 
they should spend more time 
in the weight room or increase 
their training intensity. 

They should put in an honest 
effort to better themselves. 

The bottom line is HGH is 
illegal except for in very specific 
cases in which it is prescribed by 
a doctor. 

Just because there is no way 
of getting caught that does not 
make using HGH acceptable. 

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May 5, 2010 


Baseball team finishes season in second-place tie 

Andrew Adams 
Staff Writer 

Trace Ronning 
Sports Editor 

The Kingsmen used big innings 
throughout the game to hold 
off the ninth-ranked Pomona- 
Pitzer Sagehens 11-7 on Friday 
in what was the final home game 
for many seniors including Matt 
Martin, Chris Hertz and Paul 

Cal Lutheran exploded for sev- 
en runs during the fourth inning 
that was capped off by an inside 
the park grand slam by Martin. 
Martin was able to round the 
bases after Sagehens center-field- 
er Travis Rooke-Ley crashed into 
the outfield wall while chasing 
Martin's blast. 

"I knew I hit the ball well, so 
I just kept running on the play, 
and it turned into a home run," 
Martin said. 

The Kingsmen were boosted by 
senior Chase Tigert, who pitched 
four innings in relief of starter 
senior Greg Gelber. Tigert scat- 
tered three hits and struck out 
four Sagehens during his outing. 

After Pomona-Pitzer cut their 
deficit to one run in the fifth in- 
ning, the Kingsmen scored three 
times in the seventh to expand 
their lead once again. This time 
junior Travis Dadigian provided 
the big blow with a two-run sin- 
gle to score senior Landon Smith 
and freshman Garrett Smith. 

Freshman Trevor Koons fol- 
lowed with a run scoring single 
of his own to complete the Kings- 
men's successful day at the plate. 

The heart of the Sagehens line- 
up did most of the damage, with 
James Kang, Nicholas Frederick 
and Erik Munzer combining to 
go 6-13 with three runs and four 
RBI. Pomona-Pitzer struggled 
with runners on base as they 
stranded 10 players. 

'T thought we did a good job of 
getting guys on base, but we just 
couldn't get them in and that was 
the difference in the game," Po- 
mona-Pitzer coach Frank Perico- 
losi said. 

By defeating the Sagehens, the 
Kingsmen were able to send all 
of their seniors home with a win 
during their last game at George 
"Sparky" Anderson Field, some- 
thing that meant a lot to the team 
as a whole. 

"I told the guys that they want- 
ed to go out as winners and that 
starts with you," Kingsmen coach 
Marty Slimak said. "I looked at 
all the freshmen, sophomores 
and juniors and told them to play 
as hard as they can to let these 
guys go out as winners." 

The Kingsmen defeated La 
Verne 15-7 on Saturday to clinch 
a tie with Redlands for second 
place in the SCIAC. 

Cal Lutheran broke a 1-1 tie 
by scoring four runs in the sec- 
ond inning thanks to junior K.C. 
Judge, who went 3-4 with three 
RBI in the season finale. 

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Blast Off: Brandyn Delgado helped the Kingsmen to a 15-7 season-ending victory with a three-run homer. 

The Kingsmen never trailed in 
the contest and increased their 
lead to 10-2 in the third inning 
thanks to a three-run homer by 
sophomore Brandyn Delgado. 

La Verne was able to tack on 
one run in the sixth and four 
runs in the seventh inning, but 
it was not enough to catch up to 
Cal Lutheran. 

To top off the game, the Kings- 
men scored two runs in their 
half of the ninth after sophomore 
Tom Hocutt pinch-hit a double 

for Judge, and the next two bat- 
ters, Hartmann and Delgado, 
reached base via getting hit by a 
pitch and a walk. 

Junior Ian Durham closed the 
game for CLU, allowing no runs 
and striking out two La Verne 
batters, one of those strikeouts 
ending the game. 

The Kingsmen will find out 
their postseason fate by May 16, 
when it will be determined if 
they've earned an at-large bid to 
the NCAA West Regional tour- 

nament, taking place in Linfield 
College in Oregon. 

The tournament will have 55 
teams, and 36 teams already have 
been invited by winning their 

The NCAA selection commit- 
tee will spend the next 11 days 
determining who is worthy of an 
at-large bid. 

California Lutheran ended the 
season by winning 10 consecu- 
tive conference games and 10 of 
their last 1 1 overall. 

From chasing boys to records 

Gabriella Gomez 
Staff Writer 

As a sophomore in high school, 
Nicole Flanary just wanted to have 
fun and exercise. 

"I just wanted to meet one of the 
guys on the 4X400 team. Young 
and foolish right? I got thrown in 
with the distance runners my first 
day of practice and seven years 
later here I am," she said. 

Flanary, a senior at CLU, has 
been competitive and active her 
whole life. She swims, bikes, hikes 
and runs. However, she found her 
real passion was in running. 

"I used to do cheerleading and 
played basketball. As soon as I 
started running, I knew I had 
found my passion, and I haven't 
looked back. There's nothing like 
it, and it's something I'll continue 
to do the rest of my life," she said. 

All three years Flanary ran at Our 
Lady of Mt. Carmel High School 
in Tempe, Ariz., she was captain of 
her team. 

As a captain for the Regals, Fla- 
nary keeps her team's spirits high 
and motivated. 

"Nicole is amazing. All the girls 
look up to her because of her con- 
fidence and her wonderful athletic 

ability. She leads the team by exam- 
ple — always doing what it takes to 
get the job done," senior runner 
Brian Kahovec said. 

In her sophomore year of high 
school, Flanary's coach created an 
award for her called the "Tough As 
Nails" award. She was injured lead- 
ing up to California Interscholastic 
Federation (CIF) Championships 
but refused to sit out. 

"It meant too much to me. I col- 
lapsed at the finish line, but me- 
daled in the race and got a Per- 
sonal Record on the course. My 
coach said 'That was the dumbest 
decision you could've made,' but 
sometimes if you want something 
bad enough and you're tough 
enough, you can do things your 
body doesn't think you can" Fla- 
nary said. 

She now runs the steeplechase 
for CLU. Steeplechase is a race that 
consists of a water jump and six 
hurdles every lap. It's 3K, which is 
a total of 7.5 laps. 

"I've faceplanted a time or two. 
It's probably much funnier watch- 
ing me do it. I don't really see the 
humor in it when I have to will my- 
self up and run six more laps while 
jumping hurdles," Flanary said. 

Flanary has many lucky tradi- 

tions that she practices before each 
race to help keep herself motivated. 

"Well, I never wear matching 
socks, which everyone knows, 
but each season I write a differ- 
ent quote on my spikes like "leave 
nothing" or "until it hurts." I think 
that LeBron James' rookie year in 
the NBA I had "witness" written 
on there. Lately, I've been writing 
my brother's football number on 
my hand too; he's my inspiration," 
Flanary said. 

Flanary reflected on her college 
career at CLU and thought that the 
level of accountability that is ex- 
pected in sports will help her later 
in life with any job. 

"If you don't put in the effort dur- 
ing practice, take care of the little 
things, go all out in your game or 
your race, it shows. If you aren't 
where you want to be, you have no 
one to blame but yourself. There's 
a quote, 'no one said it'd be easy; 
they just said it'd be worth it.' That's 
what I've learned from sports that 
will follow me both professionally 
and personally in the future," she 

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SPORTS -Page 11 

Intramural sports come to a close for the year 

Sasha Voinovich 
Staff Writer 

No "Hell Week," no early morn- 
ing practices and no coaches; 
just some friendly competition 
here on campus. Students at CLU 
have shown a lot of interest in the 
spring intramural sports offered 
this semester. 

According to the Cal Lutheran 
Web site, the Intramural Program 
is "designed to combine physical, 
social and recreational well-being 
by offering a diverse program of 
sports activities." The Intramural 
Program extends its offer to stu- 
dents, faculty and staff, hoping to 
keep the participation and compe- 
tition at a good level. 

Flag football, tennis, dodgeball, 
spring volleyball and basketball 

were offered this spring. 

Freshman Kirby Ai joined a vol- 
leyball team this semester with 
freshmen buddies Carter Bald- 
win, Mike Spitz and Mike Akira 

"I never played volleyball before 
until I started playing intramu- 
rals," Ai said. "It was a really good 
experience, and I learned a lot." 

Baldwin and Ai are members of 
the CLU men's water polo team 
during the fall and were looking 
for ways to stay active in the off- 
season. CLU athletes are allowed 
to participate in intramurals as 
long as they do not sign up for 
sports that are similar to the ones 
that they play. 

"Students can gain new friends, 
new experiences, a steady support 
group and most importantly learn 

teamwork," Ai said. 

Teamwork is what helped fresh- 
man Carly Schroeders team win 
the Dodgeball Championship this 
past week. 

"It was a great experience. I thor- 
oughly enjoyed it, and when we 
won, it seriously made my night." 
Schroeder said. 

Schroeder had substituted for a 
soccer team and a basketball team 
last semester, but this was her first 
time playing on an intramural 

"[Senior] Jordan Culpepper 
asked me to play and of course 
I jumped at the chance. I love 
dodgeball," Schroeder said. "I 
think that an opportunity for a 
little friendly competition and 
team camaraderie should be taken 
advantage of. CLU is great about 

providing opportunities for stu- 
dents to work together as a team 
and build close relationships 
through friendly rivalry." 

All of the sports were offered on 
campus on different days of the 
week. Students were allowed to 
sign up as an entire team, or as a 
free agent where they were drafted 
to a team in need of more partici- 

Signups for intramurals are at 
the beginning of each semester, 
and students are encouraged to 
participate in as many sports as 
they want to. Some teams play 
dodgeball on Tuesday nights and 
then flag football on Sunday after- 

CLU sophomore Grant East 
enjoys playing intramurals aside 
from his duties as a swimmer at 

CLU. "It is a great way to get in- 
volved," he said. " I try and play on 
at least one team every semester." 

East said there are only a few 
negatives to the Intramural Pro- 

"Sometimes the referees have 
friends on the team, so that doesn't 
help," East said. "Being a college 
student means you are busy, and 
sometimes people don't show up 
for the game, which is frustrating." 

Schroeders only negative was 
that her celebration had to be put 
on hold because of finals next 

"After the game, we went back to 
the dorms and studied for finals. 
We will wait until finals are over to 
celebrate," Schroeder said. "Class- 
es come first, then the fun stuff. 
After all, this is college." 

Covering All The Bases: 

Summer of shake-ups, the NBA's biggest stars could be on the move 


While the playoffs this year will 
determine the present state of the 
NBA, a potentially monumental 
summer could shift its landscape 
for the foreseeable future. 

No offseason in recent memory 
has generated this much interest, 
and several teams have geared their 
whole seasons around it 

That's not even counting the 
Knicks, who have seemingly 
thrown away the last five years in 

hopes of finally making a big splash. 

Most of the hype is centered on 
the looming free agency of a cer- 
tain two-time MVP But aside from 
LeBron, there are a number of big- 
time players who figure to be avail- 

The pressure is on Cleveland 
to win now, or else risk losing the 
greatest player of the generation. 
As loyal as LeBron has been to his 
home state, I think he'll be gone if 
they can't get it done this year. 

The Cavs are getting old around 
him, and he can't waste all the 
prime years of his career on a pe- 
rennial playoffbust. 

In the end, I think he is going to 
stay in Cleveland. The Cavs have 
shown they will go to any lengths 
to try and put a good team around 

him. But in the interest of bigger 
headlines, I hope he moves on. If he 
decides to leave the Cavaliers and 
sign with the Knicks, it will be the 
biggest sports story of the year. It 
would also prove without a doubt 
that the city of Cleveland is cursed 
for the rest of eternity. 

Any other year, Dwyane Wade 
would be the guy teams line up 
for. But because LeBron is going 
to be on the market as well, Wade 
has been the forgotten man in the 
equation. I think most people as- 
sume he is staying with the Heat. 
Let's be honest, who would want to 
leave South Beach? 

The Heat also have the added 
benefit of a ridiculous amount of 
cap space, the most in the league, 
actually. They should have enough 

money to give a max deal to Wade 
and another front line free agent 
such as Amare Stoudemire or Car- 
los Boozer. 

The free agent that most people 
assume is going to leave his current 
team is Chris Bosh. It's not like To- 
ronto is the center of the basketball 
world. My guess is that he is going 
to end up in Chicago, because the 
Bulls have the money and absolute- 
ly no low-post scorers. The combo 
of Bosh and Derrick Rose should 
sound downright frightening to the 
rest of the NBA. 

The NBA Draft could affect a few 
lucky teams as much as free agency. 
Until the Draft Lottery, it is impos- 
sible to know what is going to hap- 
pen, but figure on John Wall and 
Evan Turner being the first two 

picks in some order. 

Wall is one of the most explosive 
point guards to enter the league, 
while Turner is the most versatile 
and complete wing the game has 
seen in a while. Any team would be 
lucky to land either of them. 

In sports, the ultimate measure of 
success is winning. Though the off- 
season plays only a small part in the 
equation, it is the foundation from 
which everything must be built 

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the Echo 

May 5, 2010 

Regals water polo is Wisconsin bound for Division III Nationals 

Amanda Lovett 
Staff Writer 

Regals water polo is headed 
to Wisconsin this week after a 
third-place win at the SC1AC 
conference this weekend, offer- 
ing them a chance to be Division 
III National Champions. 

This is the third year in a row 
California Lutheran University 
has gone to the national cham- 
pionship tournament in women's 
water polo. 

"We did deserve to win, but 
there were three very evenly 
matched teams," senior Joy 
Cyprian said. 

After a 12-8 win on Friday 
against Whittier, Cal Lutheran 
was placed as No. 3 in the SCIAC 

Senior Meredith Butte led 
the team with four shots in the 
first round game; followed by 
two shots each from teammates 
sophomores Christina Messer 
and Kelsey Bergemann and se- 
nior Lauren Bridges. Cyprian 
added three assists for a team 
high, along with a steal and a 
pair of drawn exclusions. 

The Regals trailed 5-6 in the 
first half, but then came back 
with seven goals while allowing 
two in for a final of 12-8. Goal- 
keeper Kylee Tomasetti had five 
saves, three steals and two assists 
to celebrate her first collegiate 
postseason experience. 

"We played really good de- 
fense, and our team played to the 
best of our ability" Cyprian said. 

Photo by Scott Chisholm - Sports Information 

Brick Wall: Freshman Kylee Tomasetti recorded nine saves against CMS. 

The Occidental Tigers are the 
only team to defeat the Regals 
the past two seasons in a row, 
and the Tigers proceeded to do 
the same for a chance at confer- 
ence title, but not without a good 
fight for a final score of 6-5. 

The battle of the conference 
consisted of four tie-breaking 
moments, where both teams 
were an even match all four quar- 
ters and into overtime. Overtime 
possession by the Regals was re- 
bounded off the crossbar to the 
Tigers by Bridge's sweep shot. 

"I just wanted to win really 
bad," Butte said. "Being really 
tired, sunburned and physically 

spent, we wanted to bring it all 
out and get everyone involved 
and come out on top with a vic- 

Junior Bobby Sanders made 
several defensive plays, while 
Tomasetti allowed only two 
goals over the final minutes of 
the game. However, even when 
the team makes all the right 
moves, there's only one winner. 

"Sometimes, even though you 
have good chemistry or defense, 
there can only be one winner in 
the game; sometimes you don't 
come out with a victory even 
when you give it 100 percent," 
Butte said. "We don't have any 

regrets. We did everything we 
could, and sometimes you just 
don't win." 

Occidental put Cal Lutheran 
in third place for the SCIAC 
conference title, to play against 
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on 

The Athenas were the victim of 
the Regals' SCIAC rebound in a 
5-3 victory to set them as third 
place SCIAC champions and put 
them in the running for Division 
III nationals. 

The Regals scored two in the 
first quarter and three more in 
the second to put them up 5-2 at 
the half. CMS scored two shots 
in the second quarter and shut 
out CLU for the remainder of 
the contest, but only managed 
one more goal of their own. 

Cyprian led the team with a 
game-high of three shots, fol- 
lowed by Bergemann's and 
Butte's singles. 

Tomasetti's nine saves contin- 
ued to hold off the Athenas for 
Cal Lu's eighth SCIAC confer- 
ence win of the year. 

The Regals have only lost two 
conference games (both against 
Occidental), since the start of 
the season going 10-0 into SCI- 
AC to become this year's defend- 
ing league champions. 

"We fought through a lot of ad- 
versity just with the crowd and 
the intensity of the game. We 
had good defense and played re- 
ally well as a team," Butte said. 
"Sometimes you can't control a 
lot of things, but we can control 

our chemistry together." 

Pomona-Pitzer defeated Oc- 
cidental in overtime 12-11 for 
their third SCIAC Champion- 
ship in four seasons. 

The Regals (16-12, 8-2) head 
to Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday 
for the Collegiate III Champion- 
ships hosted by Carthage Col- 
lege. The event will have a total 
of four games, two on Friday, 
May 7, and two on Saturday, May 
8, where the girls will battle it 
out with Division III champions 
from across the country. 

"Its going to be a grueling tour- 
nament. They are always really 
tough," Butte said. "They are re- 
ally tiring, and by the time you're 
done, all you want to do is sit." 

This is the third year in a row 
the Regals are competing in the 
national championship tourna- 

"It's really cool because it's nice 
to be there. Even though it's not 
D-l, it's still a prestigious event," 
Butte said. "To be ranked No. 
1 in a division is a really cool 
thing. It's an exciting time, and 
I'm really looking forward to it." 

To be successful in the cham- 
pionships, Butte knows exactly 
what the team must do. 

"We're just going to stick to 
what we've been practicing — 
everything that got us to this 
tournament," Butte said. 

"It's all we can do. It will come 
down to playing with heart and 
giving it everything we can; and 
this time we plan on coming out 
on top." 

Regals let title slip through fingers in championship 


Photo courtesy ot Trtcy M^le-Occidenttl Sports Information Director 
Top Fire Finish: Jackie de la Paz finished fourth in SCIAC in the shot put. 

'cho Staff Report 

This past weekend in Clare- 
mont, the SCIAC Track and 
Field Championship meet took 
place. The Regals took the lead 
on day one but failed to hold on 
to the top spot in day two, and 
Redlands claimed first place. 

Redlands won the SCIAC title 
with a score of 162 points. Cali- 
fornia Lutheran University fin- 
ished as the runner-up at 139 
points, and Occidental placed 
third with 112 points. 

Ember Reyes, a junior sprinter 
and jumper, was proud of the ef- 
fort the Regals put forth en route 
to their second place finish. 

a I am so proud of how well the 
team performed this weekend. 
Both the men's and women's 
team stepped it up and so many 
people had personal bests." 

CLU placed high in many of 
the events over the course of the 
meet. One of the top performers 
in her individual events was se- 
nior Christa Youngern. 

Youngern won all three of her 
events: the hammer throw, dis- 
cus throw and shot put as well as 
setting records in each event — 
the first time she'd ever done so 
in one meet. 

"It was a pretty bittersweet 
result. Succeeding in all three 
events is just transcendent, but 

as I finished the meet, officials, 
competitors and coaches from 
other schools said goodbye for 
the last time, and I was sad to say 
the least," she said. 

Her first shot put throw of 
42 feet and 6 inches earned 
Youngern her eighth individual 
SCIAC title, as it proved to be 
enough to win the event. 

"Christa is an amazing athlete 
and a great person. She works 
hard to be the best and that is 
why she finishes at the top," ju- 
nior thrower Thea Cornell said. 

Sophomore Toccoa Kahovec 
won the steeplechase and nearly 
matched that performance in the 
1,500 meters, finishing as the 
runner-up to the defending SCI- 
AC champion of Pomona-Pitzer, 
Alicia Freese. 

Senior Jessie Predovic scored 
in several events, placing third in 
the long jump, triple jump and 
the 100 meters. She also finished 
fifth in the 200 meters and both 
the 4x100 and 4x400 meter re- 

Junior Kara Komarzec finished 
as the runner-up in the 100 me- 
ters and third in the 200 meter 

The Regals finished in second 
place for the second straight year. 

"We were so close to finishing 
first this year; it is only going 
to motivate us to do better next 
year," Cornell said. 

Over the past four seasons the 
Regals track and field team has 
steadily improved from fifth 
place finish in 2007, to a third 
place finish in 2008, and now 
back to back years in '09-'10, the 
Regals have finished in second 

A first place finish still eludes 
them but the progress is evident 
in the track and field program 
here at CLU. 

"You can't ask someone for 
more than their best, and as a 
team I think we did exceptional 
in that respect. Personal bests 
were had, school records fell 
and Cal Lutheran remained on 
the National Top 20 Lists for 
both women's and men's teams," 
Youngern said. 

The track and field season is 
not over yet. Next on the sched- 
ule for the Regals is the Occiden- 
tal Invitational on May 8, where 
members of the CLU team will 
be competing. 

On deck 


Occidental Invitational 

Los Angeles 
May 8